Welcome to the
Rhythm & Roots Fest
Saturday July 1st, 2017
Albany Rhythm & Roots Fest is an electrifying music experience that features the very best Americana music. Held annually Independence Day weekend at the historic downtown square in Albany, MO this event showcases everything that is great about Northwest Missouri. All attendees purchasing a Roots Fest ticket should expect music, people, food and fair that bring a sense of nostalgia and warmth that is the classic American small town dream. Please join us in Albany, MO for a celebration of our national heritage!
To purchase over the phone contact David Smith at 660-726-3396
Led by brothers Willy (vocals/guitar) and Cody Braun (vocals/fiddle/mandolin/harmonica), alternative country-rock outfit Reckless Kelly formed in Bend, OR, before relocating to Austin, TX, in January 1997. The Brauns had previously toured with their father in Muzzie Braun & the Boys, a Western swing band. Under the Table and Above the Sun from 2003 began the band's relationship with the high-profile Sugar Hill label and won the hearts of the music press and honky tonkin' legend Joe Ely, who sang the band's praises in interviews. Wicked Twisted Road was released in 2005, and the next year the live album Reckless Kelly Was Here, which featured songs from all of their previous studio records, as well as three covers, and truly captured the band's stage presence, came out.
Mickey & The Motorcars
Led by frontman Micky Braun and his brother, guitarist Gary Braun Micky & the Motorcars rolled out of the Sawtooth Mountains of Stanley, Idaho in a cloud of Americana dust. The sons of veteran Western swing musician Muzzie Braun, Micky and Gary, along with older brothers Cody and Willy, spent their childhood as part of Muzzie Braun & the Little Braun Brothers band, and were stage veterans before their teens. Eventually Cody and Willy Braun left the band to form Reckless Kelly, with Micky and Gary soon following suit, moving to Austin, Texas. Developing a straight-ahead style of alternative country-rock, the band released an independent album, Which Way from Here, in 2002, following it with Ain't in It for the Money on the Smith Music Group label in 2004.
Micky & the Motorcars signed to Smith in 2007, releasing Careless that year. The next year, Naive became their first album to chart on Billboard. That year, the group put out Raise My Glass, which debuted at 36 on Billboard's country chart. In 2014 the recorded Hearts from Above, which debuted at 17 on Billboard's country chart.
Muzzie Braun and Idaho go together like, well, Muzzie Braun and Idaho. With song titles like “Tater Town” and “Stanley Stomp” — and lyrical lines about everything from rodeos to melting snow, greening grass and mountains reaching right up to the sky — Braun’s country music wears Gem State nuance like a badge of honor. “Muzzie is extremely engaging with the audience. He’ll play on the porch, the lobby or the dining room, wherever the audience is, and he’s a fabulous musician and people are drawn to him and his music,” Braun, 61, has made a living making music for more than 40 years. But in recent years he’s traded a schedule of months on the road — and hundreds of shows a year — for about 60 shows a year close to home. He plays music festivals, a few concerts, corporate events and private parties.
Today, he and Joann live in the mountains of central Idaho where they raised their four sons, Cody, Willy, Micky and Gary, now adults. Like Muzzie, they were born into a family where playing instruments and singing — even at the top of your lungs — was encouraged and not relegated to the garage. It wasn’t long before the boys were interested in the family business and Muzzie and the Boys was formed. The band got national attention and landed two appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and another with Jay Leno.
Muzzie’s and brother Musty Braun’s influences are present in the music of Reckless Kelly and Micky and the Motorcars, two Austin, Texas-area bands formed by Muzzie’s sons Willy and Cody Braun, and Micky and Gary Braun, respectively. “They grew up playing with me and we played together every day for years … it becomes a part of who we are,” Muzzie said. Although fans around Stanley can easily catch a live performance during the summer, most southern Idaho aficionados must wait for the yearly Braun Brothers Reunion in Challis.