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Who knows what was going through their collective heads when they decided to name their band after a late-19th century Australian bandit who ultimately died at the gallows. Reckless Kelly is a 21st-century country-rock band, but Reckless Ned Kelly the bandit — more precisely, a “bushranger” down under — was a hero of the oppressed Irish residents of Victoria, famed for his Robin Hood antics of robbing the British to feed his poor mates. Bedecked in Medieval-esque armor hammered out of plow blades, complete with bucket-head helmets, the Kelly Gang walked into a hail of bullets during their infamous last stand at the Glenrowan Hotel. It didn’t take the police long to realize they could just shoot the gang in the knees and, voila, down they went!

More than a century later, two brothers abandoned flannel-punk Oregon for Austin, where they quickly formed a band named after Kelly for a reason as unknowable as ... OK, maybe it’s just because no one has asked them that no one knows the reason. Smart money says it was the bushranger Kelly’s refusal to kowtow to the Man that inspired Willy and Cody Braun and company.

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Reckless Kelly

Brian Keane

Sat, Jan 14

Gruene Hall
1281 Gruene Rd.,
New Braunfels

The modern Kelly Gang, a five-member contingent, churns out a distinctive brand of Texas music, recorded in Nashville but on their own terms. Folk, roots, country, and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll seep into every song they record. Their latest, Wicked Twisted Road, blends all the things that made .38 Special, the Eagles, and Skynyrd badass with everything that makes Robert Earl Keen and Joe Ely so essential. To top it off, its “Seven Nights in Eire” is almost as good as a real seven-day bender in Ireland.

Cole Haddon

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