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DEADWOOD, S.D. (03/23/18) – Three bands that define the word Americana will be headlining the 1st annual Deadwood Americana Music Festival presented by the Americana Music Association, Neste Entertainment and Deadwood Mountain Grand on Friday, May 11th. Reckless Kelly, Mike & The Moonpies and Ryan Shupe & The Rubber Band will take the stage for what will become an annual event at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center.
Understanding the virtuosity of Reckless Kelly requires the perspective of where the band has been. Cody and Willy Braun grew up in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho. They moved to Bend, Oregon, and then migrated to that great musical fountainhead, Austin, Texas.
The band’s co-founders and frontmen toured the country as part of their father’s band, Muzzie Braun and the Boys, as children. They performed on The Tonight Show twice. Their father taught his four sons a professional ethic – integrity, persistence, hard work and professionalism – honed over three generations. They overcame hardships, struggled for recognition, and learned the lessons of the trial and error that defined them.
In one sense, it’s remarkable in the way of any musician, athlete, or businessperson who bucks the odds. In another, though, it’s utterly natural that Reckless Kelly, born in the dreams of the two Braun brothers and their heritage but nurtured in the bumpy road of maturity, became the very essence of Americana music in all its far-flung glory. “We came along in that second wave of the movement,” Cody Braun says. “Son Volt’s album Trace had a major effect on us. People like Joe Ely, Ray Kennedy and Robert Earl Keen were always big supporters. Our goal was to make music that had a country vibe but a solid rock edge.”
Reckless Kelly’s string of critically acclaimed albums – Under the Table and Above the Sun (2003), Wicked Twisted Road (2005), Bulletproof (2008), Somewhere in Time (2010), Grammy-nominated Good Luck & True Love (2011) and Grammy-winning Long Night Moon (2013) – set a standard of reliable excellence and commitment to an instinctive vision of Americana. No band exemplifies the broad genre better.
On-stage and on record, Austin's Mike and the Moonpies keep the torch of Texas country burning. Whether it's a hardcore two-step, freewheeling Western swing, Doug Sahm's Cosmic American Music, or George Strait's sweet, burnished ballads, Mike and the Moonpies tap into the traditions of the Lone Star State, yet their music feels nimble and fresh thanks to their deft interplay and sly touch.
A nascent version of Mike and the Moonpies premiered in 2008, with guitarist Catlin Rutherford leading a variety of musicians through a Monday night residency at the Hole in the Wall, a dive on the University of Texas drag. Toward 2010, the band solidified around Rutherford, vocalist Mike Harmeier, steel guitarist Zach Moulton, drummer Kyle Ponder, and bassist Preston Rhone, with this lineup releasing the independent The Real Country that year. Pianist John Carbone joined in 2011 and the band claimed the East Side venue the White Horse as its new Austin haunt. The following year found the band releasing its second album, The Hard Way.
After the release of The Hard Way, Mike and the Moonpies continued to tour regularly, expanding to the rest of Texas. The group's third album, 2015's Mockingbird, began to earn the group attention outside of Texas. After delivering a double live album called ‘Live at WinStar World Casino & Resort’ in 2016, the group returned in early 2018 with its fourth studio album, ‘Steak Night at the Prairie Rose’.
Ryan Shupe & the Rubber Band is a five man band hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah include banjoist, bouzouki, guitar, mandolin and vocals Craig Miner, drummer Bart Olson, guitar and vocals Roger Archibald, bass and vocals Colin Botts, and Ryan Shupe, lead vocals, fiddle, mandolin and guitar. They initially signed with Capital Records where they made the well-received album, Dream Big, released in 2005 and produced by Jason Deere. That album produced the hit single “Dream Big” which was used as the theme song for NBC’s prime-time show, “Three Wishes”, hosted by Amy Grant. They later parted ways with the label, but continued to tour steadily and work on new material, some of which was heard by new label Montage Music Group, who immediately signed the group. Their new CD, “Last Man Standing,” is a progression from their previous albums.
With songs like the catchy “Don’t Leave Me Lonely,” and the optimistically ambitious title track, there’s no question that the band hasn’t changed their essence or core, but merely expanded into bigger territory musically. Tunes like the swayingly beautiful “All I Need,” (a love song penned by Ryan for his wife,) and the inspiring “10,000 Lakes,” with its encouraging wisdom, (“Give me eyes to see, to perceive, to believe, to imagine the possibilities) show a more serene side of the band, though they soon crank things back up to a fever pitch and return to their glorious picking on songs like the feisty rocker “My Life,” and the sunny “Be The One.” And the album’s closer, the hilariously retro ode to everyone’s favorite junk food, “Corn Dogs,” feels like a trip to the county fair and reveals Ryan and his brood haven’t lost their sense of humor amidst all that serious musical talent.
Tickets for the Deadwood Americana Music Festival go on sale for Deadwood Mountain Grand Rewards Center members at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 27th and to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, March 30th. They are available at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Box Office -- The Company Store -- or at ticketmaster.com. Both hotel reservations and ticket arrangements may be made by calling 877-907-GRAND. For more information, visit www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com or call 605.559.0386. There will also be a pre-sale opportunity for members of the Americana Music Association by visiting their website at http://americanamusic.org.
Beware of third party ticket brokers. The only official ticket outlets are Ticketmaster and the Deadwood Mountain Grand Box Office.
The Americana Music Association® is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including AMERICANAFEST®: The Americana Music Festival & Conference and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music Association® receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Lagunitas Brewing Company, RAM, Music City Networks, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SoundExchange, and AT&T. For more information please visit www.americanamusic.org.
To open your free Grand Rewards Center membership and enjoy the benefits of purchasing advance tickets ahead of the general public, bring a photo ID to the Grand Rewards Center counter, located in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino.
Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel, a Holiday Inn Resort, in the newly restored 1906 Homestake Mining Co. ore processing plant that overlooks Historic Deadwood, has a 98-room luxury hotel, 210 state-of-the-art casino games, high stakes gaming action, a 2,500-seat entertainment-and-event center, two restaurants and a multi-level parking garage.