- 21 & over
Reckless Kelly with Jeff Crosby
- Ticket Price: $20.00 - $23.00
- Door Time: 7:30 PM
- Show Type: Country
21 & over
with Jeff Crosby
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:30pm
Price: $20 in advance / $23 day of show
Understanding the virtuosity of Reckless Kelly requires the perspective of where the band has been. Cody and Willy Braun grew up in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho. They moved to Bend, Oregon, and then migrated to that great musical fountainhead, Austin, Texas.
The band’s co-founders and frontmen toured the country as part of their father’s band, Muzzie Braun and the Boys, as children. They performed on The Tonight Show twice. Their father taught his four sons a professional ethic – integrity, persistence, hard work and professionalism – honed over three generations. They overcame hardships, struggled for recognition, and learned the lessons of the trial and error that defined them.
In one sense, it’s remarkable in the way of any musician, athlete, or businessperson who bucks the odds.
In another, though, it’s utterly natural that Reckless Kelly, born in the dreams of the two Braun brothers and their heritage but nurtured in the bumpy road of maturity, became the very essence of Americana music in all its far-flung glory.
“We came along in that second wave of the movement,” Cody Braun says. “Son Volt’s album Trace had a major effect on us. People like Joe Ely, Ray Kennedy and Robert Earl Keen were always big supporters. Our goal was to make music that had a country vibe but a solid rock edge.”
In the end, all the recipe required was to just add water. Water facilitates life. It enriches the soul.
As Music Row magazine proclaimed, “In my perfect world, this is what country radio would sound like.”
Although you'd never know it from his playing, Crosby wasn't born with a guitar in his hands. When Jeff first picked up a guitar at the age of 14, he knew from that first touch of the strings that he was in love. He began playing with the local folks on the back porches of Donnelly, ID, and by the following year, he had played it so much that he had worn the frets off. You can still hear those 'back porch' influences in his country infused rock music today.
Crosby's performing chops were cut in his late teens, when he would sneak (sometimes in vain) into every smoke filled bar from Boise, ID to Portland, OR to get gigs. These days of well spent youth paid off, and by the age of 21, Crosby was fronting psych-rock jammers, Equaleyes, and touring year-round.
By 2010 Jeff was ready to switch gears and showcase his songwriting. 2011's self-titled LP, Jeff Crosby, is a gem that invokes the greatest singer/songwriters. Performer Magazine called it, "The right addition to any singer/songwriter fan's collection." Crosby's rich, hook filled music and his smooth vocals combine with poignant lyrics to make each track its own gem.
His new EP, "Silent Conversations", is a five song introspective journey of self discovery that charts Jeff's changes in latitude, the culture shock of moving to Los Angeles from small town Idaho, friends and lovers that were left behind, and the discovery of new ones. Stand out songs include the stand-out track "This Old Town" which charts Jeff's journeys and the dreams that got him there, as well as the dreams of the people he met along the way. There's also the gorgeous title track, "Silent Conversations," which was written while standing in the doorway of a catholic church in Colombia during a torrential downpour.
Look for "Silent Conversations" to drop in Feb. 2013. Crosby will be touring in support of the new album throughout the next year with his band The Refugees which features Will Prescott on drums, Daniel "The Hawk" Blumenfeld on keyboards, and new addition, (Jeff's brother) Andrew Crosby on bass guitar.