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CD: KOPSAS – GloryBound


Ain’t Got Time – Micah 6:8 – Jesus Is Alive
and Well – Going Up Home To Live In Green Pastures – Glory Bound – Happy
Wanderer – Winter’sw Come and Gone – Cattle Call – Rock-A My Soul –
Freight Train – On The Wings Of A Snow White Dove – Dry Bones – Daniel
Prayed – Who Will Watch The Home Place?
The Kopsa Family lives in Elkhorn, Nebraska.  This family
band is in an evolvement experience.   I reviewed their previous album
“Elkhorn Nebraska 2013” in 2014, and was delighted with their obvious
dedication and long-time rehearsals getting an album ready to record. 
This second album, forwarded to one of their fans, John Cox,  shows us
an advancement, especially in their instrument playing and harmony
singing.  It’s a large family; three girls and two boys, who are
probably hungry all the time, but their dad James owns Arby’s in
Elkhorn, so it’s probably not a burden.  His children’s instrumentation
is pretty much traditional bluegrass, youngest boy on banjo, oldest boy
on mandolin.  Without knowing who’s doing what, the three sisters play
fiddle, acoustic guitar, and acoustic bass.  That’s pretty much a
standard bluegrass approach, however this young family places most of
their efforts on old-timey sounding gospel music. which they do best. 
The younger voices are of course ‘younger’ voices, but the older voices
are already peaking very nicely.  It’s a very young voice that sings
“Cattle Call” but I’ll just bet it’s the little guy who plays banjo.  He
does this difficult song very well.  Another song I like really well is
“Freight Train” which was created and played by Elizabeth Cotton, a
black artist who had the strings on her guitar strung backwards.  It’s a
song here, played well on guitar and mandolin with equally good vocal
presentations. I’ve got several ‘favorites’ this time around.  I thought
“Glory Bound” was extremely well done, but so was “On The Wings Of A
Snow White Dove.”  This family has been working hard on their harmony as
well as their instruments.  Not difficult for me to forward this
delightful project to the Rural Roots Music Commission, who really love
young people playing America’s rural music, which this band does so
well.  Rural music is rapidly disappearing in America.  So are a lot of
our morals.  It is a refreshing opportunity for me to hear that it is
not totally gone.  The Kopsa Family is a musical act to watch, listen
to, support, and share.  I will be forwarding this project to the Rural
Roots Music Commission with the high hopes that they will give the nod
to ‘young’ CD of the Year to this very deserving family band.
for Country Music News International

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