The Band Perry – The story behind “If I Die Young”
Someone laughed at me recently on Twitter, when I referred to The Band Perry as “the kids”. They are kids, and to that I can only add – very talented kids! They are singers, songwriters, and though I haven’t have the opportunity to see them life yet, my guess is they are also great entertainers. And, I’m claiming them as Northeast Tennessee’s own.
Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry are natives of Mobile, Ala. They now live in Greeneville, Tenn., which is about 25 miles from me. When they get home, I’ll have to invite them over for lunch. But as busy as these guys are, getting home may not be something that happens very often.
They have some show dates up on t heir schedule – in fact, they’re going to be all over the country between now and Sept. 4, the last date they have up so far. But with the exception of CMA Fest Parade on June 9, I don’t see them performing in Tennessee. You will all want to check out this list to see when they are coming to a town near you!
The picture at the right was from a visit the kids made to WXBQ radio in Bristol, Va. Alone with The Band Perry is Bill Hagy, program director, and Reggie Neel, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. deejay.
Their first single, “Hip to My Heart”, is the kind of song you hear once and can’t stop singing. Sometimes I get up in the morning with that bubbly, bouncy tune in my head … and I know it’s going to be a good day. It’s pretty easy writing about country artists that I really like – and I really like these kids.
Their follow up single, “If I Die Young,” is great. They have a ‘behind the scenes’ video on their MySpace page, where you can see a little about what went on when they were filming the video for “If I Die Young.” They also have some music you can hear on their MySpace page – I always love when artists do that.
This video is “The Story Behind the song.” They have this one up on their MySpace page, too. But I wanted to share it with all of you here. Watching these guys makes want to sit down and talk to them even more. Great personalities!
I am sure that these kids are going to be around for a long time. And I guarantee you that you will be reading more about them here on Country’s Chatter. Be sure to keep up with The Band Perry on their web site and MySpace, and you can follow them on Twitter, too.
I’ll talk to you all real soon!
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