Cody Braun, fiddler, Reckless Kelly
Vibrato-AE Violin (BAR-AEV) in Natural
Quote: "Barcus-Berry has always been the top of the line instrument that every kid who picks up a fiddle hopes to some day get his hands on. There is not another company that has been around longer or been more consistent with their product. They have always been leaders in the innovation of the electric violin and continue to be on top of their game. I am proud to be a part of the Barcus-Berry family and look forward to many years of working together."
Bio: The fiddle for Reckless Kelly is solely supplied by Cody Braun, who also handles mandolin, harmonica and vocals. Cody is joined by Willy Braun on lead vocals and guitar, David Abeyta on lead guitar, Jimmy McFeeley on bass and Jay Nazz on drums. They throw in plenty of other instruments, too, contributed by guest luminaries including Lloyd Maines (pedal steel), Ephraim Owens (horn), Brian Standefer (cello) and Michael Ramos (B3, piano, Wurlitzer, pump organ). Reckless Kelly's new release, Bulletproof officially came out June 24, 2008 on Yep Roc Records. This self-produced disc, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2006 live double CD/DVD, Reckless Kelly Was Here, is clearly the creation of five guys who love to crank it up and have a good time. In fact, Willy Braun prefers to describe their genre-straddling roots music as "more like a rock band with a fiddle" than a country band that rocks.
Reckless Kelly began making waves in Texas shortly after moving to Austin from Bend, OR, where the band formed more than 11 years ago. They've built a fiercely loyal fan base in the Lone Star state and western territories, including the brothers' native Idaho, but they're captivating new audiences in Chicago, New York, the Southeast (including the Chapel Hill, N.C. home of their new label, Yep Roc), and even Nashville. The Braun brothers have been harmonizing together since they were kids performing in their dad's western swing band, Muzzie Braun & the Boys. The Boys played "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson" when they were preteens - and did so well, they were invited back. Consummate professionalism is one reason the band has fans like Steve Earle, with whom Reckless Kelly recorded tracks for Warren Zevon and Alejandro Escovedo tribute albums, and Joe Ely, who took the band on the road with him in 2007 after they recorded a song together for a Randy Newman tribute. Ely describes Reckless Kelly as "my kind of band:
hard-playing, kick-ass songwriting, feet firmly in the present, but with an amazing knowledge of where it has all come from."
To find out more about Cody, visit his websites: www.recklesskelly.com