Country rocks Reckless Kelly is already batting a thousand with its upstart label, No Big Deal Records. Its first release the bands seventh studio album, Good Luck & True Love is the acts highest-charting to date.
And last week, it earned the group its first Grammy nomination.
That explains why Im a little hungover this morning, said vocalist and guitarist Willy Braun. We always wanted to make our own records, and its cool to see that weve been able to pull it off and not have to have someone over our shoulders to make sure we do it.
Braun necessarily didnt see awards in the cards when the Texas band first made the decision to strike out on its own. A little more freedom was all the guys sought, but a Grammy nod is the icing on the cake.
Its cool to have the reins, to have all the control and be able to do exactly what we wanted to do with it, he said. Its nice to not have to answer to anybody or fight anyone for anything.
That liberty translated into a decidedly retro affair that is reflected in the casino-meets-fortune-teller motif gracing the discs cover. We wanted to make this record old-school style, Braun said. We recorded it on 2-inch tape. It was just the band playing on it, and we released it on vinyl. It was a cohesive sound and style that we were going for, where all the songs sonically and in subject matter sounded connected. We didnt want something pieced together over several sessions we wanted a real album.
It also marks an approach inspired by Tom Petty, reminiscent of Reckless Kellys early work.
The last album was a little more on the honky-tonk side; this ones got a little more country-rock edge, he said.
Next year, No Big Deal may or may not add to its catalog of one, because for Reckless Kelly, the goal is quality over quantity.
Maybe down the road, well put another band or two on the label, but we arent actively looking, Braun said. We did it for ourselves.
Saturdays show at Wormy Dog Saloon is free for those who bring an unwrapped toy or make a $20 donation to Toys for Tots.