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A debut album that has had five Top 20 singles? That's a tough act to follow. But the not-so-rookie-anymore Band Perry must be getting ready to out-do themselves. They are busy working on their follow-up album and recently brought in some big songwriting guns to help them out. The trio recently collaborated with Nashville's Sheryl Crow. Kimberly Perry told CMT Radio, "A huge influence of mine has always been Sheryl Crow. I just love how lyrically she is so creative and completely unique to herself. She's a strong lady, a fantastic performer, and she's got a little spitfire herself. I've always looked up to Sheryl." The band's current single, "Postcards From Paris," was co-written by another powerhouse songwriter, Kara DioGuardi, the former American Idol judge. As for Crow, she is also expected to release a countryish album of her own this year.