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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Finding a roadie can be a tough job — just ask Dylan Patterson.

“We’re gearing up to head out on tour, and that’s one of the last things we need,” Patterson said during a recent phone interview. “It’s a difficult thing to find a good person that we can rely on.”

Patterson is one-third of the Minneapolis-based rockabilly outfit Reckless Ones.

Reckless Ones
WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18
WHERE: Low Spirits Bar & Stage, 2823 Second NW
HOW MUCH: $7, tickets available at

The band’s inception is like that of most — born from the ashes of other bands.


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Patterson said he and Adam Boatright, who plays upright bass, were roommates when they decided to start a band. The duo met lead singer Kevin O’Leary and decided to take a shot at making a band.

“It’s worked out perfectly because we are still excited to be making music,” he said.

Although the members of the band are only 25, Patterson said they were influenced by musicians like Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, who ruled the airwaves back in the ’50s.

“These two artists are the foundation to who we are as a band,” he said. “They represent pure rock and roll.”

At first sight, the Reckless Ones are often compared to The Stray Cats, with their pompadours and slicked hair.

“We’ll take that as a big compliment. We could be compared to worse bands,” Patterson said. “We do have similar imagery, but we are different.”

Patterson said the Reckless Ones incorporate a lot of punk rock in their songs.

“All three of us also write,” he said. “So there’s always a different voice in each song. We’re in control of our music.”


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Along with the control come the duties of organizing a tour. Patterson said the task can be extremely daunting.

“We don’t have a middle man,” he said. “If we had a manager it would soften the blow when we had to turn down shows and it would help give us some clout with organizing a tour.”

The Reckless Ones are touring in support of their debut album, “Make Your Move,” and will perform in Albuquerque for the first time.

Patterson said the band delivers a high-energy set and works hard to get the crowd dancing.

“We love what we do and we want to show that to the crowd,” he said. “Our sound is a throwback to a great age in rock and roll. We’re hoping to have a blast on this tour.”

Cutline – The Reckless Ones are often compared to the ’80s rockabilly band The Stray Cats, and the band is fine with the comparison.