August 19, 2013 2:14
Kopecky Family Band was formed in Nashville some six years ago by college students Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Dixon, the group quickly expanding to a sextet and recording three EPs while juggling weekday classes with weekend gigs. Independently releasing their debut full-length "Kids Raising Kids" last year, the album was reissued early in 2013 by the very cool ATO Records label (co-owned by some guy named Dave Matthews). Featuring the clever, infectious hit single "Heartbeat," "Kids Raising Kids" is a terrifically diverse and beautifully crafted effort which incorporates elements of indie-rock, pop and folk.
I have an interview with guitarist/vocalist Gabe Dixon appearing in this Thursday's Ann Arbor.com, and here is a quote from my Q&A with Gabe about his band's philosophy towards making music: "We follow our hearts in what we feel needs to be played. One of our favorite bands is My Morning Jacket. Their songs don’t all sound like “Highly Suspicious,” or “Gideon” or “Holdin’ On to Black Metal.” I love the ways all the songs can sound so different and yet be cohesive on one record. With six people inspired in completely different ways the songs come together in all kinds of different ways. Whether it’s horns, cello, percussion and everything you can imagine to just keeping things really simple, we just play what we need to play, man."
I spoke to Dixon literally minutes before his group taped a performance of "Heartbeat" for Jay Leno's Tonight Show, evidence that Kopecky Family Band is well on its way to being a household name. Check 'em out this Thursday at Noon as part of Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch concert series, with opening act Kate Peterson of the Ann Arbor-based duo Nervous But Excited kicking things off at 11:30am. --- Martin Bandyke, ann arbor's 107one