I got an e-mail yesterday introducing me to The Band Perry. Three siblings from Mobile, Ala. Reid, Neil and Kimberly Perry, say that they bleed the bright red blood of American music. There’s an expression I’ve never heard before.
These guys didn’t start performing as a band until 2005, but had spent years playing and writing songs together. They caught the ears of new label Republic Nashville, and will finish recording their first album in January. The debut single, “Hip To My Heart,” is an up tempo, fun song, that has already cracked the Top 40 on country radio. A press release about the group said “They are becoming the new band that everyone in Music City is talking about.”
With that being the case – I need to talk about them, too!
They’ve been very busy traveling around the country with a major radio tour. The photo at the right is form their visit to WXBQ Radio in Bristol, Va., where the trio visited with Bill Hagy, the stations program director, and Reggie Neel, the 10 a.m.-3 p.m. deejay.
You can listen to “Hip To My Heart,” on their MySpace page. While you’re there, you might want to listen to some of their other music, too. When I heard “If I Die Young,” and “You Lie,” I immediately thought of Taylor Swift. Both of these songs reminded me of something she could have written, and definitely reminded me of something she might sing.
The other two songs that have a Sneak Peak/Demo on the MySpace page are “All Your Life,” and “Double Heart.” One slow, one fast, both good. Often when I hear a new artist I wonder just how far they are going to get in country music. I’m not wondering with these guys. I think they’ll do great. At this point in their career, i believe any established country artist would be pleased to have them open for him (or her).
Their “About” section on the band’s MySpace page tells us Kimberly strapped on her first Gibson – and fronted her first high school band – at age 15, employing Reid, then 10, and Neil, only 8, as her roadies. Changing guitar strings and polishing cymbals for their big sister lost its charm after awhile, so the brothers formed their own band, opening for Kimberly’s band.
“My bass and I’ve been attached at the hip since I was 10 years old,” says Reid. “While most of my friends were playing little league, I was sitting in my room learning Rolling Stones’ and Beatles’ bass lines. It’s really all I’ve ever known.”
Even as the three worked in different bands, the siblings would spend nights at home playing together: “I remember sitting out on our front porch singing old Hank Williams and Bobbie Gentry songs in three-part harmony, hoping to channel the spirits of old country through musical séance while fighting off the southern Alabama mosquitoes,” says Kimberly. “We always knew we’d take the stage together – all we were waiting on was the right moment.” That moment came in July of 2005, when – after years of writing together – the siblings decided to join forces as one band. The Band Perry was then invited by the Coca- Cola Bottling Company to open all of the dates on their “New Faces Of Country” Tour that year.
Here’s a YouTube video called “Get to Know The Perry Band.” It’s a great introduction to one of country music’s newest bands.
Here’s a little video of The Band Perry filmed during their Southeast Radio Tour. I know this has to be hard work, and a very tiring thing for these kids. But they really make it look like fun.
Have a great day everyone. I need to get out of here. I’ll talk to you all real soon ! Have a super Tuesday! Stay warm – and if you’re here in the southeast, do your best to stay dry!