OFFSTAGE: The Band Perry Saddle Up in Cowgirl

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The Band Perry talked to Cowgirl magazine about growing up on a few acres in Mobile, Ala., riding horses and listening to bluegrass music on Saturday nights. The bluegrass I knew about. But the horses? That was news to me. Neil Perry tells the magazine that he had a little paint horse named Saca (“short for Sacajawea”), and his brother Reid says that his horse came with the name Romeo, but he says, “I officially refer to him as ‘horse.’ It’s a bit more manly.” Big sister Kimberly shared memories about her horse, too. “My horse was Sun Dial, named after the street we grew up on. I always loved that name,” she said. The band also opens up in the story about their secret weapon on tour (their mother/stylist/referee Marie Perry), how they solve problems (arm wrestling) and how they all write down phrases, words and pieces of conversation that usually end up in their songs.

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