Reckless Kelly Talks "Good Luck & True Love"
Fri, 02 Dec 2011 14:10:34
On Good Luck & True Love, Reckless Kelly sharpen country with a rock 'n' roll edge.
The group's got the requisite twang with just the right amount of grit to make for a true Southern treat, nodding to the likes of Steve Earle and Lynyrd Skynyrd, while forging ahead proudly. If you like your country spiked with some good old fashioned rock, you'll get intoxicated on Good Luck & True Love.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino, Reckless Kelly mainman Willy Braun tells us all about Good Luck & True Love and so much more…
What's your take on Good Luck & True Love as a whole?
We really did want it to sound like an album instead of just a batch of songs. We wanted it to have a cohesive sound. We wanted people to know if they heard one song on the record, it was on that record. The five of us sat in a room in the studio and played the tunes. We only had one person who wasn't in the band come in and do a harmony vocal on one track. Other than that, it was just us. We wanted it to have a live sound and I think we got away with it [Laughs].
What's the story behind "Hit the Ground Runnin'?"
It's pretty much a true story. It's just about being on the road. Actually, I was leaving my house one day. I went to turn my porch light on, and I was like, "Ah, what's the use?" That first line popped into my head so I saved it for later. I worked on it for quite a while. It took almost a year for that one to come together. I wanted it to be as good as it could. I actually thought it would be a good opening track, but then it ended up being a little long so we stuck it at the end and it ended up working there pretty well.
Is it important for you to tell stories in the songs?
Yeah, you always try to put visions in people's heads when you write and paint a picture—if you will. It's one of the things my dad told me a long time ago. He's a writer, and he taught me a lot about songwriting growing up. That was one of the things that really stuck with me. When you're writing a song, you want to make sure that you can see it unfolding. I think story songs are a good way to do that.
Country lends itself to storytelling.
It really does! That's one of the cool things about country and especially the Texas scene right now. There are a lot of people down there who sing the songs that they write. They're not playing other people's songs as much. A lot of times, it's important for them to have the songs relate to their lives or have them be true. Not all of mine are true, but you can hear a story unfold from start to finish.
How'd you first discover country?
My dad is a musician. All of my uncles are and my grandfather was. We grew up listening to dad's record collection and playing in his band. It was all we listened to until we started buying our own records. At around 12- or 13-years-old, we started discovering rock 'n' roll. We had a lot of country growing up [Laughs]. Since I started buying my own albums, I'm a huge fan of rock 'n' roll, especially the older stuff. It's a huge part of what we do. It's fun to rock out live. However, it's fun to throw a country lyric over a rock song and see what happens.
If Good Luck & True Love were a movie, what would it be?
That's a tough one! Maybe a band on the road type of movie like Spinal Tap. I love that flick [Laughs].
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