The Band Perry’s family harmonies and southern Gothic lyrics have earned them both a devoted fan base and critical acclaim. Although their success has kept them from returning home as often as they’d like, they hold the quiet life they’ve built in Greeneville, Tennessee, a farming and manufacturing community in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, close to their hearts. The band will take fans there and explore their roots on Origins: The Band Perry, premiering May 11 at 10/9c on GAC.
“Our parents always told us that you’re not going to be in the band just because your last name is Perry,” Reid Perry said. ” You’re going to earn your spot in the band.”
The trio are quick to acknowledge the devotion their parents, Steve and Marie Perry, showed to their music. “His knowledge about the (music) business is amazing,” Kimberly Perry said of her pediatrician father. “I have no idea where he got it other than it’s been a huge passion of his heart for 14 years.”
“We call our mother our coach and teacher,” Neil Perry added. “If you see her when we perform a live show, you’ll see her writing notes.”
The band’s success hasn’t just put them in their spotlight, but their hometown as well. “I think The Band Perry has united us, they’ve done a lot for Greeneville,” family friend Roger Brown said. “They may be up there with Andrew Johnson and Davey Crockett when this is all said and done.”
Greeneville Sun reporter Lisa Warren agrees. “We have a new set of hometown heroes and they are The Band Perry,” she said. Their recent homecoming to celebrate the release of their second album, Pioneer, drew record crowds to the downtown area.
The special will also feature the stories behind some of the band’s biggest hits along with performances “DONE” and “Mother Like Mine” from Pioneer as well as “You Lie” and “If I Die Young” from their self-titled debut.
While the band’s success has taken them far from Greeneville, music is never far from their minds even when they return home to recharge. “We had a dinner recently where we tried not to talk about music,” Reid said. “We literally sat in silence for 30 minutes.”