“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Greeneville in Greene County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

The Band Perry

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Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 11, 2020
1. The Band Perry Marker
Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry are siblings living in Greeneville, Tennessee, who have made records as The Band Perry since 2005. They began their recording career in country music, switching to pop and country-influenced rock in 2016.

Kimberly (born July 12, 1983), Neil (July 23, 1990), and Reid (Nov. 17, 1988) were all born in Jackson, Mississippi. They grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and moved to Greeneville in 2002. In Mobile, while still in her teens, Kimberly led a band, Rain. Her brothers, then aged 8 and 10, became her roadies, and later formed their own band, the Mobile Music Machine. In 2005, the siblings began performing together as The Band Perry. Kimberly sings lead and plays guitar and piano; Neil plays mandolin, bouzouki, drums and accordion, and sings backup; and Reid plays bass guitar and sings backup.

In 2008, the Perrys were discovered by Garth Brooks' manager, Bob Doyle, who brought them to a Nashville studio to make some demonstration recordings. Scott Borchetta, who'd launched Taylor Swift's career, and former musician Jimmy Harnen signed them to Universal Music Group's Republic Records imprint in 2009.
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The Band Perry's debut single, “Hip to My Heart,” was issued later that year.

The Band Perry's breakthrough came in 2010 with their second single, “If I Die Young,” a song that reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs and became one of the most downloaded country singles ever. It also reached Billboard's Hot 100 pop chart. Remixed for pop radio in 2011, "If I Die Young” re-entered the pop charts. It also reached No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.

The Band Perry's debut, self-titled album reached No. 1 on the country album chart. They wrote eight of the 11 songs. Three more singles, “All Your Life” (a No. 1 country hit), “You Lie” (No. 2), and “Postcard from Paris” (No. 6) were released from the first album.

Produced by Dan Huff, The Band Perry's second album, Pioneer, was released in 2013, and topped the country album charts. Eight of the 12 songs were composed by the group, individually or collectively. Four singles were pulled from the album: the first, “Better Dig Two,” reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.

Later in 2013, The Band Perry recorded a stand alone single, reviving the John Hartford written Glen Campbell hit, “Gentle on My Mind.” Released in conjunction with a documentary about Campbell, then suffering
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Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 11, 2020
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from Alzheimer's disease, “Gentle on My Mind” won the Best Country Duo or Group Performance Grammy.

After announcing a move toward pop music in 2016, The Band Perry took on a new direction in 2018, releasing an EP on their own label produced by Rick Rubin, who had helped popularize hip-hop music but had also produced Johnny Cash. Rubin was originally designated to produce Pioneer. Kimberly Perry characterized The Band Perry's new electronic sound as “minimal brutalism.”

Caption: The Band Perry poses with their Best Country Duo/Group Performance Grammy for “Gentle on My Mind” during the 57th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Erected by Tennessee Music Pathways.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. In addition, it is included in the Grammy Award Winners, and the Tennessee Music Pathways series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is July 12, 2005.
Location. 36° 9.996′ N, 82° 49.455′ W. Marker is in Greeneville, Tennessee, in Greene County. Marker is on Tusculum Boulevard (Business Route 11E) 0.2 miles west of East Grove Street. Marker is located in front of Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near
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this postal address: 212 Tusculum Boulevard, Greeneville TN 37745, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harmony House (approx. Ό mile away); Winter Headquarters (approx. 0.3 miles away); Capitol of State of Franklin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Harmony Graveyard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Robert Kerr (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Big Spring (approx. 0.3 miles away); Benjamin Lundy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greeneville, Tennessee (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greeneville.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 18, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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May. 21, 2022