Celebrating 20 uncompromising years of independent Texas country, Reckless Kelly is set to release their ninth studio album, Sunset Motel, on September 23rd. Their first project in three years and the follow up to their Grammy-winning Long Night Moon (Best Recording Package), the project finds the Austin-based road warriors a little farther down the highway, but still following a wanderer’s compass.
“We’ve never really tried to force the band in any one direction, we’ve kind of just let it evolve naturally,” says front man and primary songwriter Willy Braun, calling in from the dusty, high-desert border town of Jackpot, Nevada. “We just let it happen and things kind of move one way or the other, whether it be to the country side or the rock side.”
True enough. Recorded in downtown Austin, Sunset Motel finds the band in familiar musical territory — bounding fearlessly between the sounds of jangling heartland rock and scrappy, hardscrabble country, with stories that refuse to dumb themselves down for mass appeal. It features guest appearances from fellow do-it-yourselfers like The Mastersons, Bukka Allen, Rosie Flores and Keith Gattis, as well as younger brothers Micky and Gary Braun (of Micky and the Motorcars), and was tracked in the exact same building where the band recorded their first album nearly two decades earlier — the newly re-opened Arlyn Studios.