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The Band Perry Interview

 

(CSC) 1. Thank you for your time. What’s new in the world of The Band Perry?

 

(Kimberly)

Thank you! It’s all new in the world of The Band Perry! 2010 has been our year first as we played our first sold out show in Portland, Oregon. We had our first bus break down, which was a very interesting story. We had our very first audience sing our single back to us which was an amazing experience in Des Moines, Iowa. We had our first appearance at the Opry on November 13th of last year. It’s really, really fun. We’re doing all these things, having the first wave of getting to put our feet to the artistry and that’s always a great time for sure.

 

 

(CSC) 2. Your latest video “If I Die Young” recently made its debut on GAC right? 

 

(Kimberly)

Monday actually it will debut and it was amazing making it! We actually shot at this location called Two Rivers Mansion in Nashville. We shot on a Tuesday; the mansion was under water, at least the first floor and the water where we shot the water scenes in the video completely flooded less than a week later but at least we had a good time because it’s going to take them a while now to renovate this mansion. It’s a really beautiful video. We picked the coldest day of spring I think to shoot an outdoor video and get wet in water but it was really sort of a pinnacle day for the three of us.

 

 

(CSC) 4. What do you think will be the most surreal part about having national exposure on television?

 

(Neil)

Well whenever we originally had “Hip to my Heart” the music video on that people actually started recognizing us even more, more than they did on the radio. So I just think its great having that video out there.

 

(Kimberly)

They can put a face with the name. People really recognize us by our hair you know because we all have entirely too much of it! So I think what we felt most already is just people being aware of who we are.

 

 

(CSC) 3. What are three important career goals that each one of you would like to conquer in the next year or two?

 

(Kimberly)

Well this is sort of a career dream because we’re in country music but the one person that the three of us are just dying to meet is Loretta Lynn. When we were growing up our dad was a Rock & Roll lover and he would put us to sleep singing us Rolling Stones songs. That’s how he put us down. It was like the ultimate Rock & Roll-a-bye baby! Our mom was a country music fan and Loretta was her favorite. She’s just one of those artists who is one of the greats that are still living and those are getting fewer and fewer from that era of country.  

 

(Neil)

I think one of the goals for us is to have as long and as viable career as Garth Brooks did and to be as relevant in people’s lives as he has been. He has made such an impression on people. Every where we go people have had only good things to say about Garth Brooks. That’s a goal of mine is to do what he’s done as well.

 

(Kimberly)

Our manager is Garth Brook’s manager and so like we ask him questions all the time about the inception of his career and how he did remain relevant for such a long time. I think in any walk of life it’s amazing when you can talk to a bunch of different people regardless of where they are regardless of ages and for them to only be able to say good things about you.

 

(Reid)

I think kind of along the lines of Loretta Lynn you know we love old country and for me personally a goal is to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and become a part of the Opry family. 

 

(Kimberly)

Fingers crossed! Yeah I think we could probably if we ever got to achieve that sort career. Just hang up the guitars at that point! We won’t but we could!

 

(Reid)

Our momma has a goal for us and one is to be inducted into the Opry and the other is for us to also have a show in Las Vegas. That’s one of her goals for us.

 

(Kimberly)

I love that! That may be a little while down the road. (Laughs) A #1 single wouldn’t hurt so fingers crossed for “If I Die Young.”

 

 

(CSC) 4. How did the opportunity to open shows on the Coca-Cola “New Faces Of Country” tour come together and do you consider that your initial entrance into the country music world?

 

(Kimberly)

We do! I think it’s where we decided that country is where we belonged and it was actually through contacts, another contact you know one of those things that everybody is sort of seven degrees from each other in the music business. It was one of those guys that opened up the opportunity for us. It was the first time the three of us had played together on stage as a trio.

 

When we got started I was fifteen so I was the first one to have my band in high school. Neil was eight years old and Reid was ten when we first got started. They had their own band all with matching bowl cuts. They were adorable! (Laughs) Those pictures are under lock and key! And I had my band.

 

So the Coca-Cola/Wal-Mart tour was the first opportunity not only did we stay on stage as a trio and they had gotten tall enough to be on stage with me, I’m leader of the band, but it also was our first time we got to hang out with country radio. They were out there promoting all the dates and bringing the folks out. So we just felt the connection to them and they were digging what we were doing musically and we just knew that’s where we belonged artistically. 

 

 

(CSC) 5. With the release of your self-titled EP, how does each song relate to all three of you musically and spiritually?

 

(Kimberly)

Well there’s a little bit of something for everybody on the EP. You guys can jump in. We call it the “TBPEP” that’s sort of the nickname we’ve given it! The “TBPEP” is just a little catchy and the first song on there is “Hip to my Heart” which of course was our very first single. We’re sort of creative procrastinators the three of us and so we ended up penning that song at the eleventh hour before we closed out tracks for the album, sort of stored up our last bit of creativity and poured that song out and gave us our first single.

 

(Reid)

Another one on there is “Post Card from Paris” which we actually wrote with Kara DioGuardi from American Idol.

 

(Kimberly)

It’s just a great experience to learn underneath her song quality.

 

(Neil)

Yeah she’s kind of taken on the big sister role with us. We’ve written with her several other times. It’s cool to hear some of the wisdom that she’s gained over the years.

 

(Kimberly)

Well we babysat her Chihuahua and that is the tie that binds! “If I Die Young” is going to be our brand new single and it’s the first song we had penned for the album so in a lot of respects everything that we’ve done in this first chapter in our country music careers have been centered around that song.

 

Folks ask us all the time where did that come from? I think it’s a perfect balance between death which is part of life, is a very beautiful side too. It’s also a very mournful side and so the lyrics are definitely wise but we wrote them over very happy chords, over major chords and I think that we really captured the contradiction of what death is.

 

It is beautiful and also mournful. We ended up writing it on a cloudy day in east Tennessee and for us it was a statement of contentment. We were headed into the studio to begin recording our album and you know at nineteen, twenty-one and twenty-six it was just a moment in time that we looked and each other and said you know, we’re actually getting to put feet to our dreams.

 

We have so many opportunities, even at our young ages, that some folks in a lifetime, don’t have and so for whatever reason if it all ended at this moment, we’ve lived and loved pretty completely.

 

For us it’s just a reminder that with whatever time we’re given to make the most of it. For other folks though who’ve had the opportunity to play literally three feet away from somebody that just lost their thirteen year old brother and had lost a young loved one and it just brings a little bit of hope into their lives. For other folks I think it just challenges them to think a little bit deeper for three and a half minutes. It’s really a special song and we’re excited to see where it lands.

 

(Neil)

All your life is the hopeless romantic so it’s our token hopeless romantic song.

 

(Kimberly)

So it’s our token hopeless romantic song and “Quittin You.” 

 

(Neil)

Its well, Kimberly’s sassy, you know, getting rid of you song!

 

(Kimberly)

Yeah, I would say we all have bad habits; some of them just have names; “Quittin You” speaks to that.

 

 

(CSC) 6. What’s your take on American Idol judge and songwriter Kara Dioguardi singing your hit song, “If I Die Young” and being able to write with her?

 

(Kimberly)

Well you know what; she’s just become like Neil said, kind of a big sister, a sorority big sister to The Band Perry.  We didn’t actually know that she was going to do that on the air that day.

 

(Neil)

Yeah we got like a bunch of texts from people who said Hey Kara just sang your song on FOX.

 

(Kimberly)

She’s just so surreal! She’s such an amazing songwriter and an amazing force in the music business and so to have her support is really humbling thanks.

 

 

(CSC) 7. At this particular time in your lives, what class of songs do you tend to prefer writing and/or recording?

 

(Kimberly)

We do a little bit of everything. I mean every song unfolds in different ways. Sometimes it unfolds from a very emotional place by something that we’re dealing with on a particular day. Usually when we write we sit in a writing circle.

 

(Reid)

Yeah like when we’re sitting in a circle practicing the songs that we already have we’ll take a break and someone will just start playing something on the guitar and all of us will start jamming on that. These songs will just come out that way for us as well.

 

(Kimberly)

Yeah he’s right! Neil will be on mandolin and Reid on bass and me on acoustic and we’re usually facing each other and so that seems to be our winning combination right now. But again sometimes we’ll be in a mood to be a little sassy and other times it will be sort of emotionally heavy hearted and want to speak to that so we just didn’t go with the flow. I think that we’re    the writers that sort of pull out a bunch of songs and then we bottle up ideas for a while and then we pour out again. I don’t feel like it’s something that we do every single day.

 

(Neil)

Sometimes it’s an idea and we really like the idea and it’s not coming to us we’ll put it away and work for it later. There’s a song that will be on the album later this summer and it’s called “Independence” and it took us a whole year to write that song. But we just love the idea so much that we kept putting it away and coming back to it. The original idea for the song isn’t in the final song.

 

(Kimberly)

We were just intrigued by it enough to know that we needed to keep coming back to it. It’s probably the longest song we’ve ever, well when we’re hitting a brick wall, we just stop because you cannot play tug-of-war and finish the song an expect it to be anything decent. It just never worked. Any forced song has never worked for us.

 

 

(CSC) 8. How do you plan to expand yourselves as a trio and reach out to the ever changing country music market?

 

(Kimberly)

Well we have these other siblings that we had in our basement and we’re going to add them to the band.

 

(Neil)

Well Jeff already started playing accordion so you now we have the northeast people loving us now and their polka group, yeah!

 

(Kimberly)

Well we define ourselves as a modern throwback and so I know that we’ll always embrace the roots of where we’ve come from in country music. But we also live in 2010 and there are lots of things that we want to speak to in culture and the world that we see around us.

 

 

(CSC) 9. For those that have not heard your music just yet, how would you best define its style?

 

(Kimberly)

We’re the modern throwback band. Again we are steeped in old country from the taste of our parents all the way to just our personal tastes.

 

(Neil)

We’ve got very traditional arrangements and instruments, you know banjo, steel guitar and fiddle. Yet we have lines like “Hip To My Heart” which is a very modern phrase. So again like Kim has said modern throwback is how I would describe it; as my grandmother says “Kids in 2010 you’re playing country music.”

 

(Kimberly)

Betty Lou would be our grandma’s name. We’re taking her to the CMT Awards with us. She’s going to have a blast. You know I think by nature having family with three part harmony that’s   something that’s always been around in country music; family harmony. So I just think it’s an amazing opportunity for us to make our stamp and bring that into modern country.

 

 

(CSC) 10. What can we look forward to next from The Band Perry in 2010/2011?

 

(Kimberly)

Well as far as touring, we’re going to be a little bit of everywhere this summer. We’re actually opening for Alan Jackson on Neil Perry’s birthday, Happy Birthday! Then we’re off with Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker. There are lots of cool dates on the books. Fingers crossed that we can wrangle a tour this fall as sort of a go with the flow.

 

                                                                                                             

(CSC) 11. What or who gives each one of you the drive to succeed?

 

(Kimberly)  

Well I think we could probably each answer this. Our parents have definitely brought us up the right way. I think if it hadn’t been for their encouragement and their support we would have all sort of folded; folded the tower and walked away a long time ago. Our family has been a unit that helped each other persevere because I kind of think half of the music business is lasting, about lasting careers.

           

(Reid)

We’ve been doing this for eleven years and there are a lot of people maybe at one time just helped to set up amps at one show. And it’s just everyone else who has a vested interest in this no matter how little they’ve contributed. It’s a real humbling experience.

 

(Kimberly)

It’s a win for all and I agree that anybody that has set up a guitar amp or anybody that folded a t-shirt for us on the road for the past ten years; they’re all a part of this effort because they’ve all been a step in getting us here. You know we’re still in the very beginning stages of our artistry in the public eye. It’s just sort of a win for everybody and it’s a really great time. You know we just feel much purposed to be doing what we’re doing. I feel like this is the reason that we’re on this planet and we’re going to make the most of it and be responsible with whatever opportunities we’re given.

For more on The Band Perry: http://www.TheBandPerry.com

 

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