May 10--Sometimes, the ties that bind look an awful lot like guitar strings.
The Kopecky Family Band's tight sense of ensemble sounds as if the young musicians grew up touring in a minivan, elbowing each other for a little more guitar-strumming space. But these family members didn't even meet until college.
Music fans who head to the Southern Cafe and Music Hall will hear founders Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon, lead guitarist Steven Holmes, drummer David Krohn, cellist Markus Midkiff and bassist Corey Oxendine sharing an all-in-the-family blend of influences, from country to folk to rock and pop.
"I couldn't be with five better guys," said Kopecky, whose melodic surname was selected for the musical family's moniker. "We really care about each other and our project. I really do feel that it's come to fruition, and we feel like a family.
"It's fun to travel with your best friends."
The musicians discovered their unmistakable creative chemistry during impromptu picking sessions in college in 2007, and before long, they were spending school weekends performing. And they've followed up years of touring and honing their skills with moving to Nashville and diving into the music industry.
"Kids Raising Kids" came out last month on the ATO Records label. Tuesday's show at the Southern, filled with tunes from the new album, will give listeners a taste of a melody-driven style that's eclectic, fresh and front-porch comfortable at the same time.
Three EPs and well-received performances at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, SXSW and other high-profile stages later, the music's homegrown family feel hasn't worn off.
Band members are enjoying touring in support of "Kids Raising Kids" and sharing its songs with audiences, but they don't plan to shift into autopilot. Kopecky said the group recently recorded demos of four new songs.
"We're excited about that," she said. "Having more songs, I think, is never a problem. We have been writing a lot while we've been on tour."
Inspiration comes from many sources, and band members always bring back creative elements from other projects. But for this musical family, there's no place like home.
"When it's just me, it's kind of like, 'Where are the boys?' " Kopecky said with a laugh.
Kopecky Family Band
9 p.m. Tuesday
The Southern Cafe and Music Hall
Standing show; limited seating available.
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