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Saturday To-Do: Reckless Kelly/Hwy. 5

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RECKLESS KELLY/ HWY. 5
9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $20.

As far as Austin roots-rockers go, Reckless Kelly (above) is about as rambunctious and unhinged as they come. The band's sound is eyes-forward, grip-the-wheel, red dirt country, but its songwriting finds itself miles more provocative than its sonic ilk. In 2008, the group released its eighth album, "Bulletproof," a seemingly straightforward country album that happens to be, lyric for lyric, more politically righteous than nearly any other LP released during the Bush years. The best track on the album, "American Blood," brandishes lyrics like "the brass ain't fighting, but they'll sure as hell have to take a stand/and they'll have to live with American blood on their hands." Still, Reckless Kelly isn't above getting edgy and goofy: Just take a peek at "Ritalin and Wiggles," an "I have a crush on you, so let's do drugs together" song as funny and strangely touching as you'll find anywhere. And judging from the band's expansive repertoire of covers, its ears are scholarly, to boot. They seamlessly jump from covers of near-canonized British songwriter Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" to fellow Texan Alejandro Escovedo's classic "Castanets." Hwy. 5, long-time regulars on big time Texan stages, opens the show, sporting a new lead singer in Arkie newcomer Jesse Davis of Glenwood.


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