OFFSTAGE: The Band Perry Rocks, Bluegrass Style

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The Band Perry‘s about as country as country gets right now. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have a few rock songs they love. So when they played a private show at Nashville’s Hard Rock last week in Nashville, they gave Queen’s 1978 “Fat Bottomed Girls” their bluegrass treatment. In my opinion, it never sounded better than it did with Kimberly Perry’s vocals, plus a mandolin, fiddle and banjo. Then again, their whole set sounded outstanding. (I always know when a new band is quickly becoming one of my favorites, because when they play almost all of the tracks from their debut album, I know all the words.) Yet the band’s fast rise to fame is not something they ever take for granted. “There’s a saying in Nashville that one song can change your life. I didn’t know if that was true until the last 12 months, when a three-and-a-half-minute piece of music we wrote in our basement made it,” Perry said about “If I Die Young.” So now Perry and her brothers, Neil and Reid, definitely believe the saying. A song can change your life, even when it’s about death.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.