"As kids, the Brauns – Cody, Willy, Micky and Gary – shared a stage with the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and Merle Haggard. Micky and Gary Braun now helm their own band, Micky and the Motorcars. In Bend, Cody and Willy added drummer Jay Nazz, who brought with him his own unique experience. The band took its name from the legend of Ned Kelly, the Australian highwayman, and the three moved to Austin in the autumn of 1996, where they carved a niche of their own "
It was 1998 when I got my copy of the album 'Millican'. I wore it out. I still do. I reminded Nazz at MusicFest 2 years ago that when he and I visited on the phone in 1998 prior to a their show at Gruene Hall, that he was in fact my very first Texas / Red Dirt Interview. Ever.
In 2003 RK added one the most important pieces to their band. Dave Abeyta joined RK as they were recording 'Under The Table and Above The Sun'. Dave brought more than just the guitar licks that helped to identify the sound of Reckless Kelly. He was the producer behind several RK albums as welll writer or co-writer on several RK tunes.
Last night on Facebook Dave announced he's taking time for the family, other projects and full on battery recharge.
RK Fans, Friends & Family:
On February 9th in Waco, TX, I played my last show with Reckless Kelly. The band and I have known this was coming for a while now, but I made a choice to not make it public until after it was done. It was important to me to not impose strain on the band by turning it into anything like a “farewell tour”. And besides, I’d like to think you might see us onstage or in the studio together again at some point. My interactions with you all over the years mean the world to me, and if I’d had to face you to say goodbye…let's just say I cry easy, and I couldn’t have taken it. So while I’m sad that my 19 years with the band are over, I’m also excited for whatever comes next - for myself, my family, and the band. I’ll be taking some time away from the road to spend more time with my wife and son, get my “batteries” recharged, and work on production projects.
I could never have imagined that I would get a chance to play for so long with such naturally talented and unique musicians as the past and present members of Reckless Kelly, and I’ll always be grateful for that. The times I’ve had with them as musicians and friends will stay with me forever. Along with that, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of you on the road, and from the beginning you welcomed me into the tight-knit RK family - you’ll never know how much that meant to me, especially the times you came up to me to express how much the music meant to you - that kept me going for a long time. I sure will miss stepping onstage and seeing your faces.
I ask you to continue to support the band, as you always have, as they move through a new chapter. Most of my favorite bands have gone through major changes - growth and forward motion are everything...and Reckless Kelly will always be my favorite band.
From my heart,
Reckless Kelly has yet to publicly comment on Dave's departure or who's going to fill his slot. I think they'll agree, no one will fill his shoes.
Good Luck, Dave!