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Interview:
Family ties are strong in the Band Perry
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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The adage that the family that plays together stays together has certainly held up for the Band Perry.

The band of brothers (two) and a sister have been traveling together for 14 years and playing together since 2005. Their self-titled 2010 debut album has gone platinum and launched three Top 5 country hits -- including the chart-toppers "If I Die Young" and "All Your Life" -- and they've won three Country Music Association Awards and a pair of Academy of Country Music Awards.

"There's a lot of great things about" succeeding as a family, notes mandolin-playing Reid Perry, 23. "First of all, you have each other's backs, and there's not a lot you can do that'll make the others think poorly of you. But we do argue a little, like about who has the last word."

Kimberly Perry, 28, adds with a laugh that "we're all in our 20s, but really we never grew out of our teens -- a least some of us more than others."

The Band Perry, which ails from Greeneville, Tenn., has certainly won the respect of older peers, however. They've been on the road with Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw and, now, Brad Paisley in addition to their commercial triumphs. And now the trio is ready for its next step; Kimberly says the group is "halfway through" with its sophomore album, with plans to release a first single in early fall and the album out before the end of the year.

"We worked a long time to get this busy," notes Kimberly, who played in her own group before joining forces with her Reid and youngest brother Neil, 21. "We're really, really blessed. It's been a full 14 years, but really the last two years our whole lives have changed.

"We really just take it one day at a time, and even though we're busy we try to let all the wonderful things and wonderful opportunities really sink in. It's been amazing, and we hope there's more to come."

The Band Perry performs with Brad Paisley, Scotty McCreery, Kristen Kelly and Love and Theft at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $72.50 pavilion, $35 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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