Saturday, February 2, 2013

Reckless Kelly Rocks, Wrecks the Morrison Center, Boise's Grand Ole Opry

Posted By on Sat, Feb 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

The boys of Reckless Kelly rock out on the Morrison Center stage Feb. 1.
  • The boys of Reckless Kelly rock out on the Morrison Center stage Feb. 1.

Even before Austin, Texas, rockers Reckless Kelly took the stage at Boise's Morrison Center, they were clearly smitten with the venue. In a message sent via the band's Twitter account, the guys called it a "beautiful place for a show." During their raucous Feb. 1 performance, lead singer Willy Braun elaborated.

"Thanks to the Morrison Center," Braun told the crowd. "We've wanted to play here since we were little kids."

That's in part because Willy and his brother, Cody Braun, fiddle and mandolin player in the band, spent time living in Idaho with their father and fellow musician Muzzie Braun. According to Willy, the band moved to Austin 17 years ago, but they always enjoy returning to Idaho.

"When we first started coming back here, it wasn't that easy finding gigs," he told the audience. "Especially in places this nice. We played just about anywhere they'd let us set up for a couple hours."

The six-member Reckless Kelly moved about the large stage to interact with the crowd in the 2,000-seat auditorium, previously occupied by classic rockers Chicago back in September. They were largely successful—when they launched into Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," much of the room sang along.

The only drawbacks to a raucous performance were constraints placed by the venue. For one, alcohol sales were limited to two beverages per person, with sales cut off as the show began; and alcohol wasn't allowed in the auditorium. Judging by the whooping crowd, that's an uncommon occurance at Reckless Kelly concerts.

What's more, the Morrison Center's seating proved difficult to strike a balance between on-one's-feet dancing and quiet listening. The crowd was split on which to do, and instead, rose and fell depending between slow songs and fast-paced tracks.

Here's the setlist from the show, snagged by a fan:

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