The Band Perry to play Clearfield Fair|
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The country group The Band Perry will perform at the Clearfield County Fair Friday, Aug. 3, according to the Clearfield County Fair and Park Board.
The Band Perry, siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry, who inherited a cross-pollinated love of country and rock & roll from their parents, say that they bleed the bright red blood of American music.
The three have always felt the drive to perform and create music, sweating out the summers in Mobile, Ala., playing in any dusty roadhouse or church that would have them.
Kimberly strapped on her first Gibson - and fronted her first high school band - at 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 a while, so the brothers formed their own band, opening for Kimberly's band.
In the summer of 2008, after spending a few years on the road honing their sound, TBP met longtime Garth Brooks manager Bob Doyle. Partnering with Doyle and Josh Pegram, The Band Perry spent the fall and winter of 2008 writing in Nashville and collecting songs for their first country recording session.
"The three of us bring different strengths into the writing room," Neil said. "Kimberly carries in a bag of melodies and lyrics, Reid always has some really great musical ideas in his back pocket and I bring in a sense of humor and some thread that tie it all together."
The new recordings caught the attention of Scott Borchetta and Jimmy Harnen, the CEO and president of Republic Nashville, signing to the new label in the summer of 2009.
When talking about The Band Perry, each member of the trio stresses how much family figures into the mix: "Reid, Neil and I share genes and a musical pedigree," Kimberly explains. "We read the same classics and cook from the same recipes. With all of our likenesses, though, I believe it's our distinctions that stir up the magic when we create. When the three of us sit down to write songs together, we pull from all of our individual perspectives and happenstances to create the most interesting song concoctions."
"There's tightness between the three of us that goes way beyond even best friends," Neil adds. "Family vocal harmonies can't be fabricated. And, besides - the three of us know that through the thick and thin of life and the music business, we're watching after each other."
"Blood runs thick. The music business can be hard, but the three of us are committed not only to our lives in music, but to living them together," Reid says. "I think the security of knowing that about each other allows us to be uninhibited when we create. It's a democracy. It's a safe haven."
"We've walked a long way to find your ears," Kimberly finishes with a grin. "So play us long and play us loud. The Band Perry is here, and we just have so darn much to say."
The Band Perry received a nomination from American County Music Awards for Vocal Group of the Year. The 47th annual ACM Awards airs live from Las Vegas on April 1 at 8 p.m.
An on-sale ticket date will be announced soon. Tickets will be available for purchase via the official fair website, www.clearfieldcountyfair.com, and by mail.
For updates, check the official fair website or Facebook page.