Reckless Kelly @ 191 Toole

Emporium & The Rialto Theatre Present

Reckless Kelly @ 191 Toole

Drew Cooper

Jul 19 Thu

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

191 Toole

$23.00 - $25.00

This event is 21 and over

Reckless Kelly
Reckless Kelly
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.”
Drew Cooper
Drew Cooper
Drew Cooper is a born entertainer in the mold of Garth Brooks, Chris Ledoux and Bruce Springsteen, whose music and live performance styles were his companions and musical influences while he grew up. Drew was then drawn in his early twenties to the Red Dirt scene by the likes of Radney Foster, Stoney LaRue, Cross Canadian Ragweed and Pat Green, who have all inspired the country and bluesy, toe-tapping, sing-along, heartfelt music he plays today.

Drew is one of those rare performers who can turn anyone who attends one of his concerts into a lifelong fan. Drew's charismatic, smiling, laughing style of entertaining can turn crowds of 12 to 12,000 into enthusiastic, on-your- feet participants in a musical journey that excites and moves people of all ages and backgrounds.

Drew's music shows the commitment to country values and strong family bonds he was raised with while growing up in the Midwest, as well as the distinctive influence of the American Southwest, where he now calls home. From Springfield, Illinois to Tucson, Arizona, Drew's down-home, back-roads lyrics and keep-humming- that-tune melodies embody all that is good about the Great American Heartland.

A self-taught guitar player whose fingertip blisters were the dues many great performers pay, he is known by several names – son, brother, and most importantly, Daddy. But you will know him simply as Drew Cooper, a musician whose heart is in his smile and his relentless love of music comes through in every chord he plays.

Drew may be new to the Red Dirt scene, but he is already cutting his own path, opening for national acts such as Toby Keith, Dwight Yoakam, Phil Vassar, Dustin Lynch, Cody Johnson and Pat Green and constantly adding to his fan base. Drew has played festivals and major venues, but still loves performing in local dive bars like the Cowpony in Tucson where he played his first show. His passion for music comes through in the lyrics to
his hit song, “Pictures on the Wall.” With the release of his new EP "Hangovers and Heartaches", Drew is proving that his feet are firmly planted in good old American musical topsoil – the richest performance tradition in the greatest country on earth.
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