E-T Staff Report
Unlike the previous three albums by alt-country five-piece band Micky and the Motorcars, the group had plenty of time to prepare for Naive. During recording sessions on the past discs, lead vocalist Micky Braun said, “If a good gig came up, we had to leave the studio.”
Now established as one of the best-drawing bands on the lucrative Texas Music circuit, Micky and the Motorcars had plenty of time to make Naive, accumulating a large stockpile of songs before members even entered Austin’s Cedar Creek Studios.
Braun collaborated on many of the songs with musicians such as his brother, Reckless Kelly lead singer Willy Braun, as well as Randy Rogers, Kevin Welch, Welch’s offspring, Dustin and Savannah, and Jack Ingram bassist Robert Kern. The Brauns actually wrote the title track, which Micky Braun calls “your classic wife-cheating-on-the-husband, husband-comes-home thing,” several years ago in their native Idaho.
“Long Enough to Leave,” written by Braun and Randy Rogers, covers familiar territory for someone traveling almost two-thirds of the year.
“[It’s about] always being on the road, but never being able to stay,” he said. “Every time you get comfortable, you have to peel out.”
The Braun family’s musical legacy extends far beyond the Motorcars - formed back in Idaho by Micky, brother Gary (vocals, guitar, harmonica) and childhood friend-bass player Mark McCoy - and Reckless Kelly (featuring older brothers Willy and Cody Braun).
All four brothers played with their father in a special group that appeared twice on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.” In the 1950s, their grandparents drove an hour and 15 minutes every day from their home in Twin Falls, Idaho, to their jobs as house piano and organ player and cocktail waitress at a casino in Jackpot, Nevada.
Micky and The Motorcars will perform Saturday at City Limits. Tickets are $8 at the door.