Willy Braun of Reckless Kelly did an interview with the peeps over on TasteofCountry.com that was a good read. I am not sure why stating the obvious is so “gutsy”, but whateves…
Here are some of my favorite things from the transcript:
During the chat, Braun also made a gutsy statement explaining what exactly sets Texas country music apart from Nashvilleâ€™s mainstream scene â€” and why itâ€™s a good thing for the band. Reckless Kelly are only here to make music that theyâ€™re proud of, and they wonâ€™t change their path simply to be the next big thing on TV. In Braunâ€™s words: â€œWeâ€™re pretty happy where weâ€™re headed.â€
How do you think Texas country, in general, is different from mainstream country?
Well, it seems like itâ€™s a little more honest. Mainstream country comes mostly out of Nashville; thatâ€™s a real industry-driven town, whereas the Texas music scene is a lot more about live music. Itâ€™s about â€¦ The people that sing the songs are most likely the ones that wrote them. I donâ€™t know, itâ€™s just a more honest music scene. The songs people are singing are more likely to relate directly to the people singing them, whereas Nashville seems like, if thereâ€™s a song thatâ€™s about fried chicken thatâ€™s a hit, then everybody writes a song about fried chicken. If thereâ€™s a sailboat song, then everybody writes a sailboat song. It seems like theyâ€™re more of a bandwagon type of scene.
What sets you guys apart from other bands in Texas?Â
I donâ€™t know! I mean, weâ€™ve been doing this quite awhile. Itâ€™s our 15th year as Reckless Kelly. And none of us are from Texas, so you know, weâ€™ve never really done that Texas, Texas, Texas thing where we write songs about Texas â€” not that thereâ€™s anything wrong with that. I think itâ€™s just that we have a little bit more emphasis on our live show. Itâ€™s kind of what weâ€™ve always prided ourselves on. We tour a lot, and our live show has always been our bread and butter. Itâ€™s hard to say whatâ€™s really different, maybe we just have more of a rock â€˜nâ€™ roll edge, too, than some of the other Texas country bands. But I donâ€™t know, thereâ€™s a lot of good bands out there and everyone has got a little something different to bring to the table
Click HERE to read the rest of the interview.