Reckless Kelly with Joe Ely “Riders in The Rain” Tour

photo credit: Gary Goldberg

photo credit: Carl Dunn

For Immediate Release
April 12, 2007

Reckless Kelly with Joe Ely “Riders in The Rain” Tour:
8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9
The Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas
Tickets: $20 & $30; Information: 214.824.9933

8 p.m. Thursday, May 10
The Glenn at The Backyard, 13101 Hwy. 71, Austin
Tickets: $20 advance, $23 day of show; Information: 512.263.4146

9 p.m. Friday, May 11    
Floores Country Store, 14464 Old Bandera Road., Helotes
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show; Information: 210.695.8827

9 p.m. Saturday, May 12
Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe
Tickets: $47; Information: 936.441.7468 x 201


Their Recording of Newman Hit Prompts 4 Texas Shows

AUSTIN, Texas — For four shows in four days in May, raucous roots rockers Reckless Kelly join veteran rocker of the road Joe Ely for a “Riders in the Rain” Tour, named for the Randy Newman-penned ballad the pair recorded on last year’s SAIL AWAY: THE SONGS OF RANDY NEWMAN tribute album (Sugar Hill Records).

Reckless Kelly kicks off the show and then plays with and backs Ely — the young artists sharing the stage with one of their heroes — on May 9 at The Granada Theater in Dallas, May 10 at The Glenn in Austin, May 11 at Floores Country Store in Helotes and May 12 at the historical Crighton Theater in Conroe.

Together, Reckless Kelly and Ely make fine work of Newman’s “Rider in the Rain,” the forlorn country-western song (complete with sweet harmonies and whining guitar), and the recording process spurred the upcoming tour dates. Other tunes planned for the set include their take on Dylan’s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere.”

Ely has said, “Reckless Kelly is my kind of band; hell-raising, hard playing, kick-ass songwriting, feet firmly in the present but with an amazing knowledge of where it has all come from. What else is there?”

Reckless Kelly played 16 sold-out or SRO shows with rockers Big Head Todd in February and March behind its 2006 CD-plus-DVD, RECKLESS KELLY WAS HERE. During breaks from almost constant touring, with shows planned from Texas to San Francisco to Idaho through the summer, the band has been in the studio writing and recording for its next project.

Ely recently completed a sold out, 30-city tour with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt and Guy Clark. He will soon head to Europe, where he will play shows in Scotland, England and Norway. After the May shows with Reckless Kelly, he’ll resume touring with The Flatlanders. He is marking the releases of his road journal, “Bonfire of Roadmaps” (UT Press); the companion album, HAPPY SONGS FROM RATTLESNAKE GULCH (on his own Rack ‘Em label); and SILVER CITY, a collection of songs he wrote long ago but just recorded.

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