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Hick rock Americana comes in from heat

Tim Parsons
Reckless Kelly has plenty of instruments to pick up and play Saturday night.

Country rock is a pretty broad musical description so Reckless Kelly’s frontman explained his band’s sound.

“We’ve always called it roots rock or hick rock Americana,” Willy Braun said. “It’s kind of hard to call it country rock these days because people throw you into that Nashville country sound, which is all right but we try to stay as far from that as we can. Some people call us a rock band with a fiddle.”

What would have been the Austin-based band’s Tahoe debut was snowed out one winter, so Saturday’s concert at the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room will be quintet’s first show here.

Reckless Kelly this month released its ninth album, “Good Luck and True Love.” The record has just one guest appearance, so its sound is very close to what the band plays live. It is on a 10-day West Coast run, which is anchored by San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival next weekend.

Braun grew up in Stanley, Idaho, as part of a musical family. His brother Cody is a multi-instrumentalist in Reckless Kelly and younger siblings Micky and Gary Braun have a band with five albums, Micky & the Motorcars.

“Dad had banjos and accordions and guitars, drums and harmonicas,” Willy Braun said. “You name it, he had one of them laying around. He always encouraged us to pick up anything we could find, and we lived in the woods so there was not a lot else to do, especially in wintertime.”

While Stanley is one of the colder towns in the Lower 48, sweltering Texas this summer has made the Brauns homesick. A CD release party at Austin’s famed blues club Antone’s was used as a benefit for Texas wildfire victims.

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