Concert Reports


The Band Perry

Dan + Shay

09/07/2014, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles

The Band Perry on Tour With Dan + Shay Rocked the Vina Robles Amphitheatre September 7th in Paso Robles, Calif. Newest Album PIONEER out now.


All Photos: Ray Soto / Central Coast Rocks


The Band Perry have skyrocketed into the mainstream since releasing their platinum-certified, self-titled debut album on Republic Nashville in 2010, which scored the sibling trio a string of hits, including the quintuple-platinum “If I Die Young” (#1 on Billboard’s Country and AC charts), platinum “You Lie” and gold “All Your Life” (#1 Country). Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Reid and Neil, the band has sold over 11.3 million tracks from their debut and gold-certified sophomore album, PIONEER, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #2 All Genre. PIONEER alone has garnered more than 3.3 million single downloads.


In addition to acclaim from top critics across the country, PIONEER has produced two consecutive #1 Country smashes – the platinum “Better Dig Two” and gold “DONE” – which earned Reid and Neil their first chart – topper as songwriters. “Chainsaw,” their thunderous new single, is already Top 15 and climbing on the country radio charts. The Band Perry enjoyed sold – out headlining dates and are in the midst of their first global headline tour, the WE ARE PIONEERS World Tour.


In the past year, The Band Perry has taken over the American television airwaves with unforgettable performances on the ACM, CMA, Grammy and Billboard MusicAwards as well as American Idol, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Ellen, The Talk,The Arsenio Hall Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman. They also appeared on a banner episode of “CMT Crossroads” with rockers Fall Out Boy and performed as part of the Super Bowl XLVIII NFL Tailgate Party on Fox. They recently took home the 2014 ACM Award for “Vocal Group of the Year,” adding to their host of ACM, CMA, ACA and CMT Music Awards. The Band Perry have also amassed GRAMMY, Teen Choice, AMA, and Billboard Music Award nominations, cementing the sibling trio as one of the hottest acts in recent history



They are currently nominated for a 2014 Fox Teen Choice Award for "Choice Country Group" and have also recently partnered with State Farm® in their "Celebrate My Drive" campaign to promote safe driving among teenagers. The band is spending the summer touring the U.S. and will play in front of hundreds of thousands of fans, during their own headline shows and with Blake Shelton for a select number of dates. On September 9th, The Band Perry performed as part of the 2014 Fashion Rocks concert broadcast on CBS from the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY during Fall Fashion Week.



But despite the validation that comes with such success, Kimberly, Reid, and Neil felt as if they were walking into the unknown when it came time to write and record their second album, which they’ve called PIONEER. “People hear the word ‘pioneer’ and they think of covered wagons or astronauts on the moon, but to us the idea of a pioneer is very modern,” Reid says. “It reflects the idea of putting one foot in front of the other when you’re unsure how to get where you’re going. It’s about marching forward and making noise.”


“We had so many questions about our future, both personally and professionally,” Kimberly explains. “You can hear it in the lyrics to the song ‘Pioneer,’ which asks, ‘Where are we going?’ ‘What will become of us?’ After writing those lines, the song became our guiding light throughout the process of recording the album, which is why we chose it as the title track. It’s truly about the last three years of our lives and trusting that the songs we wrote would lead us where we were supposed to go. We also had to let go of fear and trust the boldness that has always informed ourcreative decisions.”


The boldness is clearly evident in everything from PIONEER’s album cover — with its bright red, grey, and black color scheme and the band’s confident leaning- forward stance — to the album’s fiery, rock and roll- influenced country sound. It’s the first recording the trio feels truly captures the full-throttle intensity of The Band Perry’s live show, which they attribute to the input of the album’s producer Dann Huff. Huff, a Nashville veteran who was mentored by Mutt Lange and has worked with Faith Hill, Keith Urban, and Rascal Flatts, is the first producer who insisted on seeing the band in its live element.


“He was flabbergasted,” Kimberly recalls. “His mouth was hanging open. The first thing he said when we got off stage, was, ‘Whoa, you guys have a rock and roll edge. This is what you do.’ He had never heard it represented in our recorded music and he opened up our minds to that in the studio. That led us to add more electric guitars and background vocals, which created more daring musical moments. Dann threw out the rulebook and let us go anywhere we wanted.”



The result is a collection of country-rock stompers like “DONE.” (an empowerment anthem “about how you feel when you’ve given the best of yourself and it’s still not good enough,” Kimberly explains), the blistering “Night Gone Wasted,” and the Queen-influenced, punk-poppish “Forever Mine Nevermind.” There are also vulnerable, thoughtful tunes like “Pioneer,” “Mother Like Mine,” (an emotional tribute to the siblings’ parents, especially their mother), “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” “I Saw A Light,” and “End of Time,” a ballad that recalls the band’s Southern roots.


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