It's the "Livers of Steel" tour, featuring:

Saturday, Aug. 23, 7:30
139 w. San Francisco St
just one block from the Lensic

RECKLESS KELLY: Austin’s own Reckless Kelly return with their 8th studio album, Long Night Moon on September 3, 2013. The album is the follow-up to 2011′s Grammy Nominated Good Luck & True Love, which took home four Lone Star Music Awards, and sent three singles to #1 on Texas Radio. Produced by band members Willy & Cody Braun, along with Lead Guitarist David Abeyta, Long Night Moon was mixed by Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris), and features additional instrumentation from legendary steel guitar player Lloyd Maines, as well as Bukka Allen (piano, organ) and Jeff Plankenhorn (dobro).

When Willy Braun, frontman and principal songwriter for the band began writing songs for Long Night Moon, he quickly found a theme emerging. “About halfway through writing this record, I noticed that almost all of the songs I was writing, whether they were songs about the road, life, or love, had something to do with traveling. It started as an accident and I decided to just go with it. Before we knew it, there was a definite theme.” It’s honest, original and constantly evolving. The group is known for their explosive live shows and a passion for making albums of substance. Long Night Moon is no exception to this rule.

MICKY & THE MOTORCARS: On August 16, 1989, Micky Braun was being wished a happy birthday on national television by none other than Johnny Carson. The lead singer of Micky and The Motorcars celebrated his eighth birthday and second appearance on The Tonight Show with his three brothers and father.

Born and raised in the remote Whitecloud Mountains of central Idaho, brothers Gary and Micky Braun grew up singing and playing whatever instrument they could get their hands on. Their simple lifestyle (no electricity, running water, television nor telephone) provided them with lots of time to hone their creative skills. Home schooling gave them opportunity to learn about life on the road, as well. Their father, Muzzie Braun, was a full time musician and before the Braun brothers knew it, they were in the music business too.

After high school and a nine year stint playing with his father, Micky moved to Phoenix, AZ to strike out on his own. Mark McCoy from Stanley, Idaho made the venture south as well. Six months later, Gary joined the mix and the three of them began working on what would become the nucleus of the existing band. Mark played the bass guitar while Micky took the role of songwriter/lead singer/rhythm guitarist/front man. Gary added his rich vocal harmonies, guitar, mandolin and harmonica to round out their sound.

In January of 2002 The Motorcars rolled into the live music capital of the world, Austin, TX. Armed with an arsenal of fresh songs, a new drummer and lead guitarist, the five piece recorded their first independent CD, Which Way From Here. Micky and The Motorcars were off and running. The Motorcars were immediately signed to a booking agency and with the help of the two older Braun brothers, Cody and Willy of Reckless Kelly, they became one of the hottest new bands in the Austin scene.

Now with lead guitarist Joseph Deeb of Tallahassee, FL and drummer Shane Vannerson of Wichita, KS, Micky and the Motorcars are finely tuned and running better than ever. They are currently touring across the nation with acts like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Reckless Kelly, Pat Green and Willie Nelson. This year alone they have played more than 200 dates. They also made time to record and release their second studio album, Aint In It for the Money (Smith Music Group) available at stores everywhere.

Micky and the Motorcars have certainly racked up their share of miles on the road and they have no intentions of slowing down. Their music is proof that theyll be around for years to come and their energy and ambition will keep the fans coming to them. MMC as they are sometimes known are now fixtures on the Lonestar scene joining their brothers in Reckless Kelly as a nationally known, tirelessly touring band.

CODY CANADA & THE DEPARTED: The latest, tight incarnation of the Cody Canada-led group The Departed isn’t a reinvention of the group’s sound, or a reimagining of Canada’s musical perspective – it’s a reunion. As with any reunion, the passing years have provided the involved parties with new and unique perspectives, breathing vibrant excitement into their streamlined new environment.

Canada, Jeremy Plato, Chris Doege and Steve Littleton are reopening the doors to a sonic garage where sounds and stories some thought were gone for good are now being unleashed onto an eager public after a few years of fruitful – even risky -- artistic diversion. Being guided by raw emotion and nerves that are often unguarded, Canada hasn’t begun to pluck the opening notes to an increasing number of Cross Canadian Ragweed favorites without some reluctance or painful reminiscence, mind you. But the powerful nature of such visceral connections is what makes his stories stunning while rightfully placing him in a prominent class of modern songwriters occupied by the influential likes of Robert Earl Keen, Bruce and Charlie Robison, Todd Snider, Mike McClure and the men of Reckless Kelly, among only a strict few others.

To be clear, the men of the Departed are not the frat-house faves many of the latest generation of river-tubing popsters are. Ideals and experiences of a person enduring the sometimes harsh realities of the real world demand space in a Departed concert.

In the wake of Ragweed’s 2010 dissolution, most fans likely expected – and few would’ve blamed – Canada for adhering to the heart-sleeved, Okie-rocker recipe that propelled Canada into a true Rock Star realm. Bolstering his bad-ass bona-fides even more, however, was his decision to choose the dirt road less traveled. By finally partnering up with Seth James, a long-time friend universally admired for his soulful skills, Canada’s words had a different backdrop that certainly represented commercial risk, but offered an unusually fresh outlet where the iconic songs of his past, for a while, stayed in the past. For three years, Canada became a side-man for sections of each concert as the Departed quickly built a reputation as a crack band focused on packing as much expertly-curated song-craft into each show as possible, eschewing the demands for “more Ragweed!”

With the chill of 2014’s winter thawing into the haziness of the spring and the Departed now having played as a powerful four-piece for several months following James’ amicable exit, Canada’s appreciation for the truly remarkable, intensely personal body of work he created as he fronted Ragweed is intact, and indeed, fresh with the passing of time and the healing of emotional wounds. Unsurprisingly, fans are exuberantly responding to the inclusion of classics such as “Alabama,” “Dimebag,” and “17” into set-lists for Departed shows. The refitted outfit is channeling the power chords and raw-bone ballads which vaulted Canada into the status as Red Dirt’s biggest name for so long.

This is not a comeback. This isn’t a rebirth.

This is a rock and roll renewal only an artist with Canada’s strength of will and determined vision is capable of. He’s making great use of a rare chance few artists ever receive. He now knows what he only started to understand many years ago, and his words are all the more impactful as a result.