If you’re a country music fan, chances are you well remember The Band Perry. The sibling trio were ushered onto the scene in the late 2000s with their slammer (and just as pleasing music video for) “If I Die Young.” Followed up by radio hits “Better Dig Two,” “Postcard from Paris” and “DONE” (as well as a flawless rendition of Glen Cambell’s “Gentle on My Mind“) The Band Perry became a household name and a mainstay on country radio and your summer playlist.
A few months ago my wondering mind was visited by the ghost of country music past – it occurred to me that I hadn’t heard anything from or about The Band Perry as they were quite literally radio silent. Curiosity peaked; I took to mining the four corners of Google where I was able to dig out a few truth nuggets.
Turns out, to my utter surprise, The Band Perry ended up releasing (after their 2 country albums that you all would remember) a few more albums/singles but they weren’t country, instead they were like full on synth-pop (see their album “COORDIATES” – by the way, it’s actually amazing country or not).
Maybe they were trying to “crossover” or maybe that’s just where their tastes took them, but for whatever reason the masses didn’t buy-in (even though they had Rick Rubin captain their ship for an album). The crazy part is the new pop albums were, as mentioned above, pretty awesome. Then a few months ago I then saw on Kimberly Perry’s Instagram that she was at some sort of event in Nashville and that got my hopes up for maybe a return to country – but despite all my probing for video/audio documentation there was nothing to catch my inquiring ears up with The Band Perry’s musical coming and goings and future plans.
Fast forward to a few days ago when Kimberly announced The Band Perry is done, but (!!!) Kimberly caught a second wind for country and is ready to get our boots tapping again! With a newly inked record deal with RECORDS Nashville / Columbia Records, and cement a publishing deal with the good people of Songs & Daughters Publishing – once again Perry is ready to take us down some back roads.
“I’ve always loved country music,” Perry said. “It’s where I got my start, and it’s where my heart is. I’m excited to be back in the studio, working on new music that I hope will connect with fans and speak to their lives.” On putting roots down in Nashville and the new record deal Perry said “Being in this town of amazing, creative people for the past year brought me full circle to my original passions – country music and sharing meaningful stories.”
While there’s no word yet on when we can expect to hear new music from Perry, the internet is already buzzing with anticipation. Many are eager to see what she’ll bring to the table as a solo artist, and whether her new music will capture the same magic that made her such a force to be reckoned with in the country music world with The Band Perry.
For now, we’ll just have to wait and see what Kim Perry has in store for us. But one thing’s for sure – her return to country music has been a subcncious desire Ive had for awhile, and I know Im not alone.
We’re waiting for you Kimberly!