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August 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Reckless Kelly bring a Texas country party to Neumos | Concert review

Reckless Kelly lead singer Willy Braun steps to the edge of the stage and enjoys a rockstar moment at Neumos on Monday night. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Reckless Kelly lead singer Willy Braun steps to the edge of the stage and enjoys a rockstar moment at Neumos on Monday night. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Alternative country music is becoming increasingly difficult to define. The amorphous genre now requires use of the infamous saying about pornography: “I know it when I see it.”

But it’s hard to know exactly what alt-country is, even when you see it, with such disparate acts as Wilco and local pop-country singer Dylan Jakobsen all claiming the label.

A few bands that embody the best of what alt-country should be rolled through Neumos on Monday night, led by Texas veterans Reckless Kelly. Before the show, a man sitting at the bar at Moe’s next door to the club summed up the band’s ethos.

“I’ve been on a country kick the last five years,” he told a pretty brunette who sidled up next to him to order a couple of Rainiers. “Not this Toby Keith bull—-. Good country. Rainier and whiskey drinking country.”

Apt, considering that Reckless Kelly, led by brothers Willy and Cody Braun, were in Seattle to kick off their Livers of Steel tour with Micky and the Motorcars, a band fronted by younger brothers Micky and Gary Braun.

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