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The Band Perry gets GAC treatment

Friday, May 3, 2013 – A show about The Band Perry, "Origins: The Band Perry," premieres Saturday, May 11 at 10 p.m. on Great American Country.

"Our parents always told us that you're not going to be in the band just because your last name is Perry. You're going to earn your spot in the band," recalled Reid Perry.

Steve and Marie Perry's devotion to their talented children was not lost on the siblings. "His knowledge about the (music) business is amazing," said Kimberly of her pediatrician father. "I have no idea where he got it other than it's been a huge passion of his heart for 14 years."

"We call our mother our coach and teacher. If you see her when we perform a live show, you'll see her writing notes," said Neil.

The Band Perry hails from Greeneville, Tenn. "I think The Band Perry has united us, they've done a lot for Greeneville," said family friend Roger Brown. "They may be up there with Andrew Johnson and Davey Crockett when this is all said and done."

Greeneville Sun reporter Lisa Warren echoed Brown's sentiment adding, "We have a new set of hometown heroes and they are The Band Perry."

Their recent homecoming to celebrate the release of their second album drew record crowds to the downtown area.

Viewers will also be treated to the stories behind some of the trio's biggest hits as well as performances of DONE. and Mother Like Mine from their recently-released "Pioneer" album and You Lie and If I Die Young from their debut, self-titled release.

When they do return home to recharge, there's only one thing on their minds. "We had a dinner recently where we tried not to talk about music, and we literally sat in silence for 30 minutes," said Reid, laughing.

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Pioneer CD review - Pioneer
Sports fans may be familiar with the term "sophomore slump," where a player has an excellent rookie season, but then struggles mightily in his second. With "Pioneer," The Band Perry demonstrates that the phrase can carry over to the music world as well. Where the group's debut was quirky and showed real potential, their second release takes some artistic steps backwards while developing a more mainstream sound. The lead single and opening track, Better Dig Two, also »»»
The Band Perry (full length CD) CD review - The Band Perry (full length CD)
Image-wise, the siblings of The Band Perry are aiming squarely at the youth market. Sister and lead singer Kimberly has a Taylor Swift thing going on, with big curly blonde hair, while brothers Neil and Reid could be Jonases as easily as Perrys. Their musical style trends young, as well. There's an element of bluegrass in the music, but it's often more of a grace note on top of the pop-rock guitars and drums that remain the focus of the album. Lyrically, the songs also offer a »»»
The Band Perry
The Band Perry gets its name from the fact that all three of its members are siblings. There's Kimberly Perry, who sings lead, in addition to playing piano and guitar. Her brother Reid Perry is the bassist, while Neil Perry plays drums, mandolin and accordion. The centerpiece song of this five-track EP is the single If I Die Young, which is made all the more striking by the fact that it's also sung by a young lady. Being young is usually no time to contemplate death - leave that to the old folks. »»»