Cross Canadian Ragweed and Reckless Kelly are two of the bands most closely associated with the Americana-based genre known as Red Dirt music. Now they are teaming up to hit the road on the Ragged and Reckless tour, kicking off March 3 in Nashville.

"I'll probably come back with a couple of good stories from [that run], I imagine," says Reckless Kelly's Willy Braun. "It's been a while since we've done a full-on tour with those guys, so that will be pretty fun."

The impetus for the tour was this year's sold-out MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, Colo., where the two groups shared the stage with Robert Earl Keen, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Knight, Dean Dillon and others, but the two bands have often been on the same touring circuit, which includes Lucy's in Austin, Texas, the music town both bands now call home.

"Austin's fun for us, because we're all home," Willy told The Boot recently, "and we can go home at the end of the day. Austin's a really fun city. There's a lot of artist vibes floating around there. It's an inspirational town. There's a lot of great musicians who will come over and play on the records."

"We've toured with a ton of bands," says Cross Canadian Ragweed's Cody Canada. "The two that we would tour non-stop with year round is Robert Earl Keen and Reckless Kelly. We first saw Reckless Kelly in 1998 in Dallas and our jaws dropped, and we said that's who we need to jam with. After a couple of years of chasing those guys we finally got to be friends with them. There's not a harder working band of brothers than our two bands and we wear that like a badge of honor. We look forward to this run and the rehab that follows."

Reckless Kelly released their seventh album, 'Somewhere in Time,' earlier this week [Listen for free here]. Cross Canadian Ragweed recently celebrated their 15th anniversary and will be among the acts playing Bonnaroo in June.



RAGGED AND RECKLESS TOUR DATES


March 3 Nashville, Tenn., Cannery Ballroom

March 5 Charlotte, N.C., Neighborhood Theatre

March 6 High Point, N.C., Aquarius Music Hall

March 7 Raleigh, N.C., Lincoln Theatre

March 9 Atlanta, Ga., Variety Playhouse

March 10 Birmingham, Ala., Workplay Theatre

March 11 Ruston, La., Rabb's Steak House



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