published Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The Band Perry is country with a twist

From left, Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry, of The Band Perry.
From left, Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry, of The Band Perry.
Photo by Associated Press.

Kimberly Perry often says she and brothers Neil and Reid were rocked to sleep by their father with the Rolling Stones and awakened in the morning to the sounds of Loretta Lynn by their mother.

The two influences show in their music, and the formula has won over fans. Since the release of a self-titled debut in 2010, The Band Perry has done 630 dates.

"It's been kind of a pinch-me thing," Reid said. "We love playing live, so it's been busy, but great."

The siblings said during a telephone interview that they don't foresee things slowing down anytime soon. They are currently writing new material in preparation for heading back into the studio.

"Our recharge days double as creative days," Kimberly said. "It's great to be able to throw in a load of laundry and sit down and try to write a song while it's getting clean."

The muse can strike at any time, and the three have learned to take heed whenever creativity strikes.

"We've all learned to write it down if you wake up in the middle of the night with an idea," Neil said.

The upside of putting out a popular country record is that you are spending a lot of time touring. A potential downside is that all of your new material is about how life looks from a tour bus or hotel room.

But life on the road has presented a new set of issues that have led to all kinds of experiences, Kimberly said.

Added Reid, "We love hearing stories from fans and people we meet. We'll take those experiences and write about them."

Kimberly said the goal for the next album is to "outwrite what we did on No. 1." She said they started working on the second album as soon as the first was finished.

"We've been digging deep and working hard to try and figure out how to make a great country record," she said. "We have been very conscious of the sophomore slump."

It's hoped the album, which is being produced by Rick Rubin, will come out in November.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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