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June 1 - Double Header: Kopecky Family Band, w/ KIN: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell, featuring Rodney Crowell, New York Times bestselling author Mary Karr, and Eagles' guitarist Steuart Smith12:00-12:30 – KIN
12:30-1:00 – Kopecky Family Band
Like all families, Kopecky Family Band beats with the same heart and writes in the same blood. 'The Family' began creating music together in Nashville, Tennessee in the Fall of 2007. What began as late night talks about life and dreams gradually flowed into eccentric and beautiful music that has led to numerous tours, including adventures to CMJ, SXSW and Bonnaroo, three EP releases and friendships across the country. Leading the family are singers Gabe and Kelsey, along with Steven (lead guitar), Corey (bass), Markus (cello), and David (drums). The music is emotive, and evokes raw honesty and vulnerability, whilst capturing your attention through its unmistakable power and presence. The sounds created by the booming and orchestral-like 6-piece challenge the listener's ear while still offering sweet melodies to sing along with.
In the spring of 2010, it was time for the family to pack into their 15-passenger van (which was lovingly called "The War Wagon") and head to Austin, TX for their showcase at SXSW as one of ASCAP's notable bands to watch. A follow up performance at Next Big Nashville in 2010 had A & R reps scurrying to put their Blackberrys away and listen. When in the studio with Partners in Crime, Russ Long and Chris Grainger (Wilco, Sixpence None the Richer), the Kopecky clan produced The Disaster EP which was released in August 2010.
The Kopeckys followed up SXSW with a mammoth CMJ 2010, where they were invited to play at the official Paste Magazine showcase.
Straight back into the studio after CMJ, the band produced the follow up to The Disaster, the perfect compliment entitled Of Epic Proportions. The EP is comprised of digital B-Sides & rarities, featuring crowd favorite "Howlin' at the Moon", and a remix of "God & Me" that explores the band's varied and broad scope to produce amazing and diverse sounds.
Since then, the band released a limited edition split 7" vinyl with Seattle friends Ivan & Alyosha, and returned to Austin yet again for SXSW. The band played the infamous Paste Magazine showcase, Schubas Day Party at SXSW 2012, Next Big Nashville and performed for Austin's KUT during the festival. And to keep themselves really busy in 2011, the band attended Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for the first time as performers. Notching up 3 amazing sets during the festival and amassing several new friends and fans along the way.
Recent Release: Of Epick Proportions
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Hometown: Nashville, TN
KIN: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell, featuring Rodney Crowell, New York Times bestselling author Mary Karr, and Eagles' guitarist Steuart Smith
"I called out to her in the darkness because she was a bona fide poet I knew could write songs, and despite her professor's pedigree, she'd ridden a bike in a mosquito truck's fog." Rodney Crowell
"An outlaw pedigree isn't always a disadvantage for a poet...this record's about everybody." Mary Karr
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Mary's Website: marykarr.com