Micky Braun first climbed on stage to join his father’s family band when he was about five-years-old, and since then, Braun and his brothers never stopped. Big brothers Cody and Willy started Reckless Kelly, and Micky and brother Gary left their Idaho home for Austin and started Micky & The Motorcars, a road-dogging favorite whose nonstop tour for the last 17 years has defined not just the lives of the brothers, but also shaped Austin’s roots-rock resurgence that has played out over the last two decades. With the upcoming release of their new album Long Time Comin’, out November 1st via Thirty Tigers, the Motorcars cement their place as elder statesmen of that alt-country scene who have managed to master that ever-elusive blend of artistic familiarity and surprise. Produced by Keith Gattis (George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson), Long Time Comin’ sails through the rural landscapes of their youth and showcases the sounds of their true heritage.
Today, the band unveils new single “Thank My Mother’s God,” a song Micky wrote in Boston with Jeff Crosby. “He brought the idea to me,” he says. “It’s a storyline based on a person that never could find his place in religion because of the demons and addictions he has wrestled with his whole life, but all along knowing that someone has been watching after him threw his trials and tribulations.”
As a former Texas resident who misses its musical landscape, the songs on Long Time Comin’ scratch a particular itch that’s never quite satisfied. “I look at where I from and the people all around me, in the end, we’re all searching for the same thing. Throw your heart in the river and hope it sees the ocean someday,” Micky sings, his matter-of-fact words delivered in a voice colored by experience and awash in road-worn wisdom. “Thank My Mother’s God” embodies the spirit of wildness and freedom unique to the Lonestar State, and we’re definitely thanking his mother’s God for it.
Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents “Thank My Mother’s God,” the new single from Micky & The Motorcars: