Kopecky Family Band

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Kopecky Family Band performing at the Outsidelands Music Festival in 2013

The Kopecky Family Band is an American indie-rock band formed out of Nashville, Tennessee in 2007. The band consists of Kelsey Kopecky (vocals, keyboards, and bass), Gabe Simon (vocals, guitar, and horns), Steven Holmes (guitar, lap steel guitar), David Krohn (drums), Markus Midkiff (cello, guitar, and keyboards), and Corey Oxendine (bass, guitar, and horns). Their debut album, Kids Raising Kids, was released in October 2012 and then rereleased by ATO Records in April 2013.


The band originated when its founders, Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon, met while attending the Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. They met lead guitarist Steven Holmes, bassist Corey Oxendine, cellist Markus Midkiff, and drummer David Krohn a couple of months later. Within a year they had released their first EP, Embraces in 2007, followed by The Disaster and Of Epic Proportions in 2010. That year, they were spotted by Bob Boilen of NPR at CMJ 2010. After 18 months of touring, the band released their debut album, Kids Raising Kids. The album was picked up and rereleased by ATO Records in April 2013 after the band signed with them in December 2012.[1] The album features their Top 10 radio hit "Heartbeat" and has been cited in magazines such as The New York Times and Paste.

Since their formation, Kopecky Family Band has toured in the United States and Canada and has performed in music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Firefly Music Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Bumbershoot, South by Southwest, LouFest, and Paper City Music Festival. They have toured with artists such as Devotchka, Givers, Gomez, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gogol Bordello, Milo Greene, and recently had a co-headlining tour with The Lumineers. The band just launched a southeast tour with The Mowgli's and also have an upcoming tour with Lissie. The new Noisetrade Digital EP features Fleetwood Mac and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club covers.

Media appearances[edit]

Kopecky Family Band made their first big press appearance on Paste (magazine)'s Top 25 Best Live Acts of 2011[2] and The 25 Best New Bands of 2011.[3] They were featured in the Booming section of the New York Times[4] in 2013 and have had numerous appearances in American Songwriter.[5] The band has an "On The Verge" feature in USA Today and their music video for "Change" premiered at Elle. "Heartbeat" hit #5 on Triple A Radio Chart and "Are You Listening" is currently breaking into Top 25 at Triple A Radio Chart. The band's music video for "Hope" premiered at MTV Hive and they will be performing at the MTV "O Music Awards" overlooking Times Square. Kopecky Family Band is also featured on an NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

Kopecky Family Band's music has also been featured on various television shows such as Grey's Anatomy on ABC, Royal Pains on USA, Parenthood on NBC, The Vampire Diaries on The CW, Awkward on MTV, Beauty & The Beast on The CW, and College Game Day[disambiguation needed] on ESPN.

Kopecky Family Band has recently been featured in the news on The Nashville Scene,[6] Last.fm,[7] and NPR Music[8] due to their debut album, Kids Raising Kids.

The band made their major television debut on July 31, 2013 with an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They performed "Heartbeat".

"If you like Fleetwood Mac, try Kopecky Family Band...intelligent and a bit edgy, but still mainstream." - New York Times

"Quickly fell in love. The Kopecky's sweet rock songs keep blooming into something irresistible." - NPR

"One of the most exciting acts to come out of Nashville's recent hotbed of indie music." - WXPN

"A beautifully moving record that is full of life from all angles." - Last.fm


Kopecky Family Band


Title Release Date
Kids Raising Kids October 23, 2012

Extended plays

Title Release Date
Embraces November 21, 2008
The Disaster August 3, 2010
Of Epic Proportions November 16, 2010
We've Got It Covered October 8, 2013


Title Year Album
"Heartbeat" 2012 Kids Raising Kids
"Are You Listening?" 2013 Kids Raising Kids

Music Videos

Title Year Album
"Birds" 2010 The Disaster
"Heartbeat" 2012 Kids Raising Kids
"Hope" 2013 Kids Raising Kids
"Change" 2013 Kids Raising Kids


  1. ^ Lockner, Logan. "Kopecky Family Band Signs to ATO, Announces Tour Dates and Wide Release of Kids Raising Kids". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Jackson, Josh. "The 25 Best Live Acts of 2011". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Jackson, Josh. "The 20 Best New Bands of 2011". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Haller, Val. "If You Like Fleetwood Mac, Try the Kopecky Family Band". New York Times. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Kelly, Dearmore. "Kopecky Family Band: Kids Raising Kids". American Songwriter. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Trageser, Stephen. "Poised to become the first family of indie pop, Kopecky Family Band issues full-length debut". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "New Music: Kopecky Family Band – "Kids Raising Kids"". Last.fm. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Thomson, Stephen. "The Mix: The Austin 100". NPR Music. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 

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