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With anticipation building for their sophomore album, Pioneer (due April 2), The Band Perry hosted a private listening party last night (March 25) in Nashville. Dressed to the nines—does this band ever not look put-together?—siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry took the stage at the BMI building on Music Row and pushed play on their new album.
And, wow, is it something special. A mix of old-school country sounds, including a prominent banjo, and avant-garde arrangements, Pioneer sounded truly trail-blazing to many of the Nashville insiders in attendance. First single "Better Dig Two" already thumped its way to No. 1, and its follow-up, the fierce "DONE.," is climbing the charts, further establishing The Band Perry as a fresh voice in country.
"For us, it was more about finding our way. It’s so easy in turbulent waters to lose sight of the end goal and where you’re headed and where you’ve already been," Kimberly recently told Country Weekly when describing the making of the album. "As tough as it gets sometimes, it is about putting one foot in front of the other, in any pursuit. Whether you’re just finishing high school and heading to college, or it’s a time in your job where you’re looking for something new or what the next horizon is. It’s about personal discovery, and sometimes that’s heartbreaking. But it’s a beautiful thing at the same time."
The journey to get to the next step in their creative career is what defines Pioneer's title track, a song that connected with fans as soon as the band began performing it live.
"We were playing the song over in Europe and we played it one night in Manchester, England, and the next night in London, and some girls came to both shows," Neil recalls. "The second night in London, some of the girls held up posters with lyrics from 'Pioneer.' That song seemed to resonate with them, so it felt appropriate that that should be the album title."
Look for more on The Band Perry in the April 8 issue of Country Weekly on stands this Friday. Also, find the hidden Band Perry hashtag in the issue and tweet it to @TheBandPerry and @CountryWeekly for a chance to win tickets to a TBP show and a meet-and-greet with Kimberly, Neil and Reid.