MUSIC BOX: Get Reckless in the Commons
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Despite the Braun brothers being born in Idaho and having founded the band Reckless Kelly in Bend, Oregon, before moving to Austin in 1997, they more or less define the “Texas country” tag. Texas country refers to a sub-genre of alt-country and country-rock that brings the carefree attitude of the outlaw and the truthful, straightforward lyrics of roots music and Americana. Or, as frontman Willie Braun told Seattle Times last year, “Not this Toby Keith bullshit. Good country … Rainier and whiskey-drinking country.”
Reckless Kelly’s Grammy-nominated album Good Luck & True Love  – which also took home four Lone Star Music Awards and sent three singles to No. 1 on Texas Radio – was followed up last year by the band’s eighth studio release, Long Night Moon. The latter is a classic road record, conceived after 18 years of touring and a showcase for the lifestyle they envisioned from the start.
“We are in it to make a living and make the music we want to play,” band co-founder Cody Braun told Lubbock Avalanche-Journal earlier this month. “We aren’t focused on getting the record deal or playing stadiums and that was never our goal. We are happy doing what we are doing. We set out to do what we wanted and that was the dream.”
Some longtime locals may remember the band’s fiery performance on Sept. 6, 2005, when they opened for Willie Nelson at Snow King Amphitheatre. They had just released Wicked Twisted Road, putting them in Robert Earl Keen’s company of hard drinkin’ good ole boys with a sensitive side to match the alt-country rocking.
Also supporting the bill is local Americana/soul, country-blues band Screen Door Porch and another country-rock flavored Idaho singer-songwriter, Jeff Crosby & The Refugees. Both bands just recorded new albums and have been working the regional festival scene this summer.
Concert on the Commons with Reckless Kelly, Screen Door Porch, and Jeff Crosby & The Refugees, 5 p.m. in Teton Village Commons. Free, all-ages. JacksonHole.com.
The Motet: 7 pieces, 7 albums
Feel-good Afrobeat, funk, disco and soul, The Motet has come to Jackson several times during the last 10 years, though the most recent incarnation of the band has grown into its tightest touring unit yet. Once a revolving cast of crushing Colorado players, drummer Dave Watts has steered the project through a commitment to push the sonic envelope.
With the release of The Motet’s seventh album, Watts felt it necessary to call it simply The Motet, a reflection that the group has finally become what it has striven to be throughout its existence. The band is a seven-piece including a two-piece horn section, drawing inspiration from some of the bands it has chosen for Halloween costume performances over the years, including Parliament Funkadelic, Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, and Jamiroquai.
Opening this show is The Deadlocks, an authentic Jackson-grown tribute to The Grateful Dead. The band is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week, including an additional performance for Jerry Garcia’s birthday (9 p.m. on Friday at Pink Garter Theatre; $7).
Music on Main: The Motet with The Deadlocks, 6 p.m. on Thursday at Victor City Park. Free, all-ages. TetonValleyFoundation.org.
Polish your musical chops
Acoustic instrumentalists still have time to register for next week’s Grand Targhee Music Camp (Aug. 4-7). Now in its ninth year, the camp is an opportunity to get one-on-one instruction from some of the hottest acoustic and bluegrass pickers in the business. The balance of high-level instruction with ample fun comes in the form of structured and unstructured jamming, primary classes based on instrument, and elective workshops. Most classes are geared towards intermediate players.
This year’s cast of instructors includes Danny Barnes (guitar/banjo), Jeff Austin (songwriting), The Lomax Project Band (banjo, singing, bass, guitar, mandolin), Grant Gordy (guitar), Roy Andrade (fiddle, old-time banjo), Ben Winship (mandolin), Tom Murphy (mandolin), and Dan Miller (guitar).
Grand Targhee Music Camp, August 4-7 at Grand Targhee Resort. $475. TargheeMusicCamp.com.