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The Band Perry returns to Jambo

July 14, 2011
By MIKE?PALMER - The Ticket , Times Leader

It has been just two years since The Band Perry signed with Republic Nashville's label in the summer of 2009.

Since then the band has been riding a skyrocket to success, releasing their first album in October, which Kimberly, taking her role as big sister and spokesperson for the band said has reached Gold and is heading towards Platinum.

The band's success began with the debut single "Hip To My Heart" as part of their EP. The rollicking up-tempo tune is reminiscent of label-mate Taylor Swift's style of music and features some nonsensical fun lyrics that made it a fan favorite and their first hit.

A second single released off their debut was, "If I Die Young."

"It was actually the first song we wrote for the new album," said Kimberly who noted that the number one song recently reached double platinum.

The Band Perry claimed the best new artist award at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards, moments after performing its hit song "If I Die Young," during the broadcast.

It was the trio of two brothers and one sister's second win of the night after they received the top new vocal duo or group award before the live ceremony began.

In addition to these accolades, the readers of MusicRow magazine voted and bestowed the Breakthrough Artist award on The Band Perry last month.

They are currently touring with Tim McGraw and will join Reba McEntire and Keith Urban on tour this fall.

The trio interviewed together on a conference call during which their enthusiasm and youthful exuberance were evident in their effervescent voices as they described their sudden rise into the national spotlight.

"It has been unreal," said bass guitarist and background vocalist for the band Reid Perry, "The best part is that these awards are we are getting are all fan voted."

"We feel like we are playing the peoples music," said Reid. "We like to think of ourselves as the people's band."

Neil, the youngest band member who handles mandolin, drums, accordion and background vocals for the group agreed, "We totally love our fans. "

"My favorite moments are during a show are when the fans sing along," said Neil. "When the fans are singing along with us, it just hands down makes my night."

The band just released their new single, "All Your Life" on country radio which is exciting for the group, Kimberly said, "It is our first love song," she said.

"I guess I am a hopeless romantic in a sense," said the lead singer who has endeared herself to both fans and critics with her vibrant and angelic vocal styling. "Our fans are already singing it back to us at concerts, so we are really happy about that."

Describing the song as having a more acoustic feel with a banjo added to keep the country feel, "and mandolin as well," adds Neil, it is the latest song off their album to reach the country charts where their third release "You Lie," is still holding the number two spot after 30 weeks on the Billboard Country Singles chart where the album "The Band Perry" remains in the top 10.

Despite the stardom, the band said that little has changed for them personally, "We are still all about family," said Kimberly as her two siblings agreed. They all agreed that they are enjoying the new found fame but vow not to forget the fans that have carried them from their humble beginnings (They grew up in Mobile, AL and the moved to East Tennessee) but spent their early career singing in dusty churches in rural Georgia.

"We definitely remember Jamboree in the Hills from last year," said Reid.

"It was so hot out there," added Kimberly, "The fans are great there though, and we are looking forward to being back there to perform."

The Band Perry is currently on tour and coming to Jamboree in the Hills. Friday, July 15.

Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday night. Local favorite Joe Zelek will take the stage first followed by The Band Perry at approximately 6:20 p.m.. Luke Bryan follows before the fireworks and Tim McGraw wraps up the evening's entertainment.



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