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January 16, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Randy Rogers Band thrills sold-out Tractor | Concert review

Randy Rogers Band and Wade Bowen sold out the Tractor Tavern Wednesday. It was so crowded that approaching the stage to shoot photos was impossible.

Randy Rogers Band and Wade Bowen sold out the Tractor Tavern Wednesday. It was so crowded that approaching the stage to shoot photos was impossible.

Say whatever you want about country music, but just don’t say it isn’t popular in Seattle. Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen — two artists who fly about as low under the radar as possible while still regularly touring and recording — sold out the Tractor Tavern on a sleepy Wednesday night.

Rogers and Bowen are old buddies and they’re cut from the same cloth: Texas songwriters with quintessential country voices whose idea of a good time is being under the bright lights in different city each night. Despite the fact neither man has ever charted a top-30 single, it didn’t take long to figure out why they sold out the Tractor and had people scrounging for tickets outside.

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January 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Country journeyman Randy Rogers hits the Tractor tonight | Concert preview

The country music scene is dominated by big-name stars who sell shiny pop music to the masses, but one of the true pleasures of the genre is that there’s plenty of room for blue-collar working musicians like Texas songman Randy Rogers. Rogers has never charted a top-20 hit, but he’s released six studio albums, the last…

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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.

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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