Mickey and the Motorcars

As the regular readers of this blog know I’m a huge Pat Green fan.  I told my Pat Green stories in this post and within it I told the story of  Kyle, a good friend of mine who said I should get over the fact that Pat is now a Nashville artist and not a Texas artist and move on. 

While I will never give up on Pat, Shannon and I did venture out to McKinney last Saturday night to watch a concert with my buddy Kyle and his wife Robin.  Me driving to McKinney when I’m getting paid for it is a stretch, so to go out there voluntarily was a big deal to us.  We went to go watch Mickey and the Motorcars in a great venue, Hank’s Texas Grill.  Hank’s is a place you really only find in Texas, a BBQ place by day and a Texas Concert Venue after dark.  It’s a type of place that I wish would open up around Keller and maybe one day when I strike it rich I’ll open one up.

Mickey and the Motorcars is a band that Kyle’s 60 year old father turned him on to, in fact, his dad got us the “with the band” treatment that night as we got to sit at Mickey’s table reserved for guests of the band.  I had never heard of them before last Saturday night, but I found out that I was a fan of their brother’s band, Reckless Kelly.

The reason for this post isn’t so much a review of the concert, they did put on a good show, but to share the band’s unique story with you.  From their Amazon bio:

Led by frontman Micky (Michael) Braun and his guitarist brother Gary Braun, along with childhood friends Travis Hardy on drums and Mark McCoy on bass, 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 with Hardy and McCoy as Micky & the Motorcars. Once in Texas they added Joseph Deeb on lead guitar, rounding out the group’s lineup. Developing a straight-ahead style of alternative country/rock.

The story goes that the boys grew up without indoor plumbing in the Mountains of Idaho while their parents were professional musicians and they were performing very early in life.  Every year they put on a big show back in Idaho where they invite their Texas Music buddies to perform and this year Robert Earl Keene (another of my favorites) is headlining.  They guys do know how to put on a good show and the crowd of twenty something, ball cap wearing Texas music fans were testament to their popularity.

Mickey and the Motorcars will be at Woody’s Tavern in Ft. Worth Friday night, and you never know, I might just drop by for some more music and a cold beer or three.

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