The Band Perry, James Otto Talk Partying, Catfights with Reba

“She’s not an everyday country star.”

James Otto by Kristin Barlowe/WMG; TBP by Justin Key/JEM Media

Note to any artists who tour with Reba McEntire: If her current All The Women I Am Tour is any indication, you better be ready to have a good time, onstage and off. “She throws parties for everybody,” James Otto tells, which means you can often find Reba relaxing with tourmates The Band Perry, Edens Edge and Steel Magnolia when they're not performing.

"We've had several parties since I've been on the road," says James. "She'll throw down a cocktail and hang with everybody. To be able to hang out with an icon . . . she’s not an everyday country star, she’s Reba McEntire. For somebody like that to be as kind and down-to-earth as she is was a shock, to be honest with you. It was a surprise.” James is filling in as Steel Magnolia member Meghan Linsey's singing partner while the duo's Joshua Scott Jones has completed rehabilitation for alcohol and substance abuse.

For fellow tourmate Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry, one of her favorite parts of performing each night on the tour is joining Reba onstage for the dramatic "Does He Love You," the tale of two women defending their relationship to the same man.

"They have this whole catfight thing going on," The Band Perry's Reid Perry tells One would think that taking on a musical catfight with a country legend would be nerve-racking. “Not at all," Kimberly says. "Not with Reba, because she’s got the facial expressions down. She leads me there every night.” Reba says Kimberly is no slouch in singing the part made famous by Linda Davis. “She gives me a run for the money with that emotion and that little attitude she’s got going during the song," says Reba. "It’s fun and she’s a doll.”

Offstage, it seems Reba's multitasking abilities are to be emulated. "She’s such a nurturing lady and a role model," Kimberly says. "She’s a mother, a quintessential entertainer, and a great human being. We’re having a blast.”


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