(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that's happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)
At this year's CMT Music Awards, I noticed Keith Urban singing along to The Band Perry's "You Lie." So I asked him later what it was he was digging about them. "The Band Perry. They're so great. I just love talent, especially like that when it's so raw and really, really good. We see so much sort of packaged, formulated stuff, so when you see the real thing, there's nothing like it. And they're really, really good," he told me. And now, a couple months later, even the Washington Post is taking notice. In a recent feature story on the band, the newspaper noted, "Their songs feel young and old, naive and wise" and that the trio has "nurtured a sibling chemistry for vocal harmony." There are also nice little side stories about the Perry's stealth stage mom, Marie, who used to play Loretta Lynn records for Kimberly, Neil and Reid and now cuts peanut butter sandwiches in half for her touring kids, takes pictures of them with fans at meet-and-greets and treats them to cotton candy when they happen to be playing a show at a state fair.