Five Questions with Willy Braun of Reckless Kelly
Led by brothers Willy (vocals/guitar) and Cody Braun (vocals/fiddle/mandolin/harmonica), alternative country-rock band Reckless Kelly formed in Bend, Oregon before relocating to Austin, Texas in 1997. As children, the band’s co-founders and front-men toured the country with their father’s band, Muzzie Braun and the Boys. It’s utterly natural that the band – 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. Few bands exemplify the broad genre better.
Recently we were able to catch up with brother, Willy Braun:
What did you want to be when you grew up?
As long as I can remember I wanted to be a singer, just like Dad, but I had a few phases of other interests. When I was real young, I wanted to be a bull rider. I wrote a song about riding bulls when I was six or so. Then later, I smartened up and decided I wanted to be a baseball player. It wasn’t long before I realized I wasn’t very good at baseball so I fell back on singing again. If I had to do something else now I’d probably be a carpenter.
What is the first album you bought?
Tom Cochran, Mad Mad World. I still love that album to this day. Best $8.99 I ever spent.
What would you sing at karaoke night?
Something cheesy, like “Islands in the Stream.” (I ain’t going up there alone)!
What music are you currently listening to?
Lately, I’ve been mildly obsessed with this great band from Sweden called First Aid Kit. Two sisters that can really sing and have this cool mix of country, rock, and… something else. It’s hard to describe, you just gotta check it out. (Get the album “Stay Gold.” It’s just awesome). Also, I was recently introduced to the music of Frankie Miller, a killer soul singer from Scotland. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of him till now, but I’m making up for lost time. He’s been in heavy rotation at my place for a couple months now.
If you could share a meal with any three people (living or dead) who would they be?
Sir Paul McCartney, John Steinbeck, and Barack Obama. I’d just sit back and listen.
Catch Reckless Kelly with Blue Water Highway on May 11th and May 12th at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis! See you there!
Photos courtesy of Rams Head. Article written by Jenna Mahan.