Fresh off what they’re calling their most successful Bruan Brothers Reunion music festival ever, Micky & The Motorcars roll into Salt Lake City tonight for a show at the State Room.
It’s the band’s second show in Utah this year, and their first with new guitarist Josh Owen who replaces Dustin “Sunshine” Schaefer who parted on good terms with the band earlier this year to pursue other musical opportunities. In a call from Twin Falls, Idaho on the way to Salt Lake, Braun told the Deseret News the band still talks to Schaefer regularly.
Despite another lineup change, Micky & the Motorcars haven’t slowed down their touring schedule. Micky, brother Gary Braun, Owen, bassist Joe Fladger and drummer Bobby Paugh return to Salt Lake tonight on the heels of their New Year’s Day performance in Park City earlier this year.
After Schaefer announced he was leaving, Motorcars frontman Micky Braun said he agreed to stay on three moths while the band found a new guitar player. Braun said he got Owen’s number through singer Sunny Sweeney and after a quick audition, gave him the job. Braun gave Owen about two hours of material to learn initially and have been working on learning deeper album cuts since joining the band.
After Utah, the band heads to Colorado for the weekend before returning home to Texas. Later this year, all the Braun brothers – Mick and Gary from the Motorcars, and Cody and Willy from Reckless Kelly – will join forces as the two bands take their Livers of Steel tour to the East Coast.
Micky and Gary are also using the rest of the year to continue writing material for their next album. Each of them currently has about a half-dozen new songs, Micky Braun said, and he hopes to get into the studio by first of the year.
But until then, you can expect to find Micky Braun both at the State Room tonight, and at Red Iguana at some point before the show where he admits he “pretty much has the menu down.”