More than a century later, two brothers abandoned flannel-punk Oregon for Austin, where they quickly formed a band named after Kelly for a reason as unknowable as ... OK, maybe it’s just because no one has asked them that no one knows the reason. Smart money says it was the bushranger Kelly’s refusal to kowtow to the Man that inspired Willy and Cody Braun and company.
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The modern Kelly Gang, a five-member contingent, churns out a distinctive brand of Texas music, recorded in Nashville but on their own terms. Folk, roots, country, and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll seep into every song they record. Their latest, Wicked Twisted Road, blends all the things that made .38 Special, the Eagles, and Skynyrd badass with everything that makes Robert Earl Keen and Joe Ely so essential. To top it off, its “Seven Nights in Eire” is almost as good as a real seven-day bender in Ireland. •