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I kind of thought it was all prayers and huddles and pep talks. But The Band Perry's pre-show ritual was a little more involved than that. First, they tune their instruments. Then they harmonize to warm up their voices. Then, the three siblings -- Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry -- stand in a circle and draw their guns. Well, just their faux finger guns. They bring their "guns" together, shoot them, blow out the smoke off the muzzle and then holster them. At their Chicago show on Friday night (Jan. 21), Kimberly told me they've been doing the gun thing before every concert for good luck. But after the debut they've had, I don't think luck has had much to do with it. I think it's pure talent. This trio is brand new and already up for a Grammy for best country song for "If I Die Young." And when I asked Kimberly what it felt like to be nominated, she told me, "We just wanted to go. Right after we moved to Tennessee, we saw the Grammys when Alicia Keys and Jaime Foxx were both on piano, doing that Ray Charles tribute, and we were like, 'We have to go to that show someday.'" She laughed, adding, "The Grammys are our Super Bowl."