When The Band Perry hits the stage Saturday night as part of this weekend’s Country Summer music fest, the sibling trio will be rolling along in high gear, with plenty of momentum to carry them.
Earlier this year, their hit “Live Forever” was chosen as the official song for U.S. athletes competing this summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The band will be there to perform it.
“We’ve never attended the Olympics, so we’re really excited. We’ve never been to South America before, as a band or even as tourists,” said lead singer Kimberly Perry by phone from Winston-Salem, N.C., the latest stop on the band’s current U.S. tour.
“The Olympics committee has been so wonderful to work with,” Perry said. “They were looking for an official song for Team USA, and they had heard ‘Live Forever’ on the radio and felt it really represented the spirit of the Olympians: I want to live forever, I want it all and I want it right now — the spirit of competition and winning.”
Perry, 32, and her two younger brothers and bandmates, Reid and Neil, are a perfect fit for Country Summer, now in its third year at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. This is the band’s return engagement, after headlining the festival last year.
Like the festival’s other headliners, Lady Antebellum June 3 and Billy Currington on June 5, the Perrys are a young, fun, hip act, willing to blend rock, pop and other influences with more traditional country music.
“We bring that to our show, in our own music and a couple choice cover versions that we always play,” Perry said. “Of course, we always have a staple in our set — ‘Fat-Bottomed Girls’ by Queen. We love everything.”
The Perrys’ most successful adaptation, last year’s Grammy-winning “Gentle on My Mind,” comes straight out of folk and country music tradition, written and originally record by John Hartford and most famously recorded by Glen Campbell. The Band Perry recorded the song for the soundtrack of “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” a documentary film about the 80-year-old country musician.
“We chose ‘Gentle on My Mind’ because that song was the reason we got to meet Glen Campbell several years ago,” Perry said. “The Grammys were giving Glen a lifetime achievement award, so they invited us to play ‘Gentle on My Mind’ and Blake Shelton to do a song. All of us were onstage together — us, Blake and Glen.
“So when it came time to contribute something to the story of his life, we had to do the song that actually introduced us to the man himself.”
Between concert stops, The Band Perry ducks back into recording studios to lay down some tracks, but they always think ultimately in terms of live performance, Perry said. Band members live in Greeneville, Tenn., but work out of Nashville and Los Angeles.
“We’ve been working on new music for a while,” she said. “Everything we ever do, be it writing or recording, it’s about what it’s going to sound like and feel like in our live show. We really love festival season.”
You can reach staff writer Dan Taylor at 521-5243 or email@example.com. On Twitter @danarts.
What: County Summer 2016
When: Gates open at noon and music starts at 1:30 p.m. June 3 through June 5.
Where: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.
Admission: General admission, $79 per day, $209 for three-day pass. Single-day reserved seats start from $99, and three-day reserved seats start from $279.
Information: (800) 514-3849, countrysummer.com.
Headliners: Lady Antebellum on Friday, June 3; The Band Perry on Saturday, June 4; Billy Currington on Sunday, June 5.
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