My discovery of Kopecky Family Band happened during one of those serendipitous moments at South By Southwest a couple/few years ago. I was at South Congress, walking in an alley behind Yard Dog Art Gallery to get to my next destination, when I heard some sweet music sounds coming from a small stage near a keg full of free beer. Never one to pass down free beers, I filled up a cup of Shiner Bock and settled in for a set from a band I’d never seen – Kopecky Family Band. It was one of my favorite SXSW discoveries – and completely accidental.
The band is Kelsey Kopecky (vocals, keys, bass), Gabe Simon (vocals, guitar, horns), Steven Holmes (guitar, lap steel), David Krohn (drums), Markus Midkiff (cello, guitar, keys), and Corey Oxendine (bass, guitar, horns). As you probably noticed by the last names, they are not blood relatives. Earlier this month, the band released Kids Raising Kids via ATO Records and it’s a fantastic body of work. The complexity in many of their songs is masked by the band’s chemistry and cohesive delivery and, as many of their fans will attest, their live shows bring the songs to life and are not to be missed.
The Nashville band is about to hit the road with tour dates listed through the end of August. Give a listen here and get on out to the rock show.