The Hodgepodge: The Confusing Saga of The Band Perry Continues…..

The Band Perry confuses me. I have no clue what their intention is within the music industry. Are they mindless drones stuck in a contract that rebrands the band every year? Or are the three Perry siblings just trying to do all the different musical genres they can? The spark notes of the band’s short history:

  • In 2010, they release their first album with the great single “If I Die Young.” It’s an album I actually enjoy with a good modern country production.
  • Two years later, the band releases their follow up album Pioneer. The album has a little bit of more edge to it with songs like “Better Dig Two”, “DONE!” and “Chainsaw” being released as singles.
  • In 2014, The Band Perry returns to total country roots with their rendition of Glen Campbell’s “Gentle On My Mind” released as a standalone single. A recording that won the band a Grammy last year.
  • Late last year, the band takes a 180 turn and decides they want to be a pop group, with “Live Forever” acting as the jumping single for this transition. “Live Forever” bombs on the charts and The Band Perry stumbles through an awkward period of having their third album release get delayed, getting dropped from their label and presumably taking the reigns themselves for their pop move.
  • And now The Band Perry signs a joint deal with UMG’s Interscope and Mercury Nashville and is readying a new single for country radio titled “Comeback Kid.”

The big take away from all this is that The Band Perry’s attempt to turn pop failed…miserably. The new yellow branding and inspirational, youthful pop anthems like “Live Forever” and “Put Me in the Game Coach” crashed hard and fast. And now with “Comeback Kid,” the band is desperately trying to erase any evidence of the past 11 months. They’ve deleted all their tweets prior to the comeback branding, their website is completely redesigned with the ugly pink/beige color and typewriter text, only promoting upcoming concerts and the Fan Club. Yet going to their online store, for the moment, one can find old shirts for “Live Forever” on a page still designed for the Heart + Beat brand.

Clearly the band is moving on from the failed pop experiment and trying to reestablish themselves in country music. They’ve given no hint or preview as to what “Comeback Kid” may sound like. So maybe it’ll be more country along the lines of “If I Die Young” or “Gentle On My Mind”, or maybe it’ll be a song more in line with the Adult Contemporary musical trend hitting Nashville at the moment. But the real question is, how seriously will people take this move and return?

A year ago, The Band Perry basically admitted that they were a musical sellout by blatantly shifting to pop without warning. Are fans and radio alike ready to welcome the group back with open arms? It’s not like The Band Perry’s absence over the last year has been noticeable or left a gaping hole in country music, unlike Taylor Swift’s departure to pop. I’m sure if UMG is willing to sign the band after this failed move to pop, then the label is ready to invest some time and money to make sure The Band Perry’s image and inclusion in country music isn’t affected.

As someone who has mostly enjoyed the band’s output so far, I can’t say I’m excited about this. I think moving on and forgetting isn’t a good strategy. Personally, I’d like to see some transparency from the band about the move to pop, how it didn’t work, and why they did what they did. I do respect them for returning to country and possibly (hopefully) returning to their folksy/pop country style of music because that’s who they are. I just want to see them approach this comeback with some accountability that their attempt to move pop wasn’t a good move. Even Kimberly Perry took to twitter to throw some shade toward Little Big Town about collaborating with Pharrell, because we can only assume that was what The Band Perry was doing/wanted to do with their pop album. (Can’t link the tweet because even the siblings’ personal accounts have had tweets deleted).

August 1st will be the day that some of these questions will be answered. For some, The Band Perry may be forever tainted by this ungraceful move to pop, and others undoubtedly will be excited for the new music as if nothing happened. Aside from the fact that country radio is congested with singers desperately trying to make a name for themselves, I don’t think The Band Perry’s return to country will be smooth or grand. Maybe they’ll get a top 20 single with “Comeback Kid”, but I think this move pop hurt the band’s standing within the country music industry. And now they’re crawling back as if the last year didn’t happen. Regardless of how good their music ends up being, I think their musical saga lately has hurt the band to the point that they’ll never again be as big a country group as they were in the first half of the decade.

Upcoming/Recent Country and Americana Releases

  • The Turnpike Troubadours have a new single called “Come As You Are.” The song will officially be available for purchase tomorrow.
  • Blackberry Smoke has released a new single to promote a new album. “Waiting For the Thunder” will be the first track off their upcoming album Like an Arrow, expected October 14.
  • Lori McKenna‘s The Bird & The Rifle will be released tomorrow.
  • Hillary Scott‘s Love Remains will also be released tomorrow.
  • Cody Jinks‘ I’m Not the Devil will be released on August 12.
  • American Aquarium frontman BJ Barham will release a solo album called Rockingham on August 19.

Throwback Thursday Song

“Sick and Tired” Cross Canadian Ragweed (feat. Lee Ann Womack) From the band’s great album Soul Gravity, this collaboration with Womack has some excellent lyrics and great vocal harmonies. The song managed to hit 46 on the charts in 2004.

Non Country Suggestion of the Week

Cold War Kids. I as continue to explore some modern music outside of country and Americana, I heard this song on Alternative radio and I like it a lot. I’ve been listening to the band’s new album Hold My Home and it’s good music to check out.

Tweet of the Week

In the short lived twitter feud between Dylan Scott and Wheeler Walker Jr., Dylan Scott came to defend Chewbacca Mom after she joined him on the Opry stage. If you follow WWJ on twitter, then you probably know he hates that Chewbacca Mom has become so famous from her laugh video, and made fun of modern country’s embrace of the internet sensation. Dylan Scott (who has since deleted all the tweets) claimed that Walker’s music is trash and not representative of country music. That was an entertaining half hour to witness on twitter, and I hope someone somewhere grabbed screenshots of Scott’s tweets.

iTunes Reviews for Brantley Gilbert’s “The Weekend”

We’re sure has hell not going to bother with reviewing “The Weekend”, as I’m pretty sure our regular readers can anticipate what we’d say about it. But in case you’re curious, these reviews about sum up how I feel.

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The consensus here speaks volumes.

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16 thoughts on “The Hodgepodge: The Confusing Saga of The Band Perry Continues…..

  1. I think TBP has to pretend like the past year never happened, but not so sure that’ll work. They were doing well so the drastic shift made no sense.

    This is not particularly encouraging: According to Billboard, Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry are still working on an upcoming third studio album, tentatively titled Heart + Beat, that will include some of the songs that they recorded before they announced their departure from Big Machine Label Group and Republic Nashville in March of 2016.

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    • Exactly. Coming off a GRAMMY for best country duo/group performance, and they follow it up with the shift to 100% Pop. I don’t get it.

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  2. I no longer get The Band Perry like at all. In my opinion deleting all prior tweets before this comeback era is in my eyes not a good look for them whatsoever.

    Then again if you go onto UMG Nashville their picture of the Band Perry is still them looking like a pop group. I don’t know it all just seems so weird to me. Then when you add in the fact that Reid is apparently the one singing lead vocals apparently. All seems so weird in my eyes.

    I wanna root for these guys but they make it so difficult when they act so weird and immature.

    In other music news, Kenny Chesney is scheduled to release a duet with him and pop singer Pink. Also Frankie Ballard annlunced his new single titled “Cigarette”. That’s all the upcoming mainstream singles I could find, I mean we might get new music from acts like Rascal Flatts, Danielle Bradbery (really excited for her and it should be soon as she posted pictures of working on a music video and the song should definitely be better than “Friend Zone”), and obviously a new single from David Nail.

    Also Keith Urban announced “Blue Ain’t Your Color” as the next single off Ripcord, is itbany good or not, as I don’t have a lot of desire to seek it out.

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    • In Josh’s review of Ripcord, he compared “Blue Ain’t Your Color” to Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” so I’m guessing it’s not good.

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  3. Band Perry has definitely mucked things up, but if the end result is more stuff like their debut album, I’ll still take it.

    I’ve dug Cold War Kids since I heard “Hang Me Up To Dry” several years back. Saw them live at a local venue about 5 years ago and they were good.

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  4. My take on TBB is that they went and got all diva. Keep in mind that Big Machine firmly embraces the furthest plunges by “Country” acts into the Pop Rock Rap realm. The CEO’s credo: Take the most edgy wildest musical visions then dial it back as needed. They enlisted the mega pop powers of Lady Gaga and her team to construct that failed song, video, and album, and helped rebrand TBP as the “yellow” pop stars. Gaga pledged her support, and TBP played that role to the hilt. So for them to part ways with BM in the midst of this rebranding must have had to do with some massive ego tripping. TPB & BM had to believe that Gaga and her millions of Little Monster minions would slingshot them straight to the top of the charts. I believe they were shooting for the pop charts… Maybe they thought it would play to Pop Country. I think BM set up their Taylor Swift switch to pop template, but it failed. But to part after one failed song? That’s not BM’s way. But they will def cut ties if the act won’t play by BM’s playbook. Which tells me TBP truly bought into their own Gaga fueled hype. They didn’t count on the fickleness of the pop world. Kimberly probably had a knockdown drag out with Scott B, who takes no BS. So anyway here we are in TBP’s post apocalyptic netherworld. Their dong Live Forever is/was being adopted by one of the US Olupic teams. So I dont know what comes next lol.

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  5. If the TBP were smart, they would refer to it all as a Chris Gaines-esque moment in time.

    More seriously though, it will be entertaining to see how this all plays out.

    The new Lori McLean’s CD is great, and Dave Cobb continues to show his talent as a producer

    Also looking forward to the new Cody Johnson CD next week. “Cowboy Like Me” was pretty good, despite a few cliche tracks, but I hope it’s more along the lines of “A Different Day” and “Six Strings, One Dream.”

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  6. Also, it is a thoroughly damning commentary on the Nashville musical establishment that The Band Perry could get another major-label deal after making complete fools of themselves as artists, while nobody in Nashville would give Aaron Watson the time of day.

    That Ragweed album is great from start to finish. Favorites on it include “Cold Hearted Woman,” “Won’t Get Me Down,” and “Wanna Rock and Roll.” I remember flipping out the first time I heard “Wanna Rock and Roll,” with that intro…

    “…this is a song by Ray Wylie Hubbard…”

    …because that is the same way Gary P. Nunn introduced Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Up Against the Wall Redneck” on 1973’s Viva Terlingua, one of my all-time favorite songs.

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    • While I agree that Aaron Watson deserves a major label record deal. I don’t find it surprising that The Band Perry got another major label to sign, they have had a decent amount of hits the beginning of the decade with “If I Die You”, “You Lie”, “All Your Life”, “Better Dig Two”, and “Done”. Sure the rollout for The Band Perry lately has been terrible but The Band Perry did win a vocal group of the year award a few years ago.

      Their new music direction has been pretty awful, but their a fairly recognizable name, it’s also why I wasn’t surprised acts like Jennifer Nettles, Trace Adkins, and Kellie Pickler all managed to get signed on to labels with radio pull after their previous labels gave them the boot. Provided Kellie Pickler did leave Black River, but that was probably a combination of Kellie wantimg to pursue her TV show on CMT and the label focusing all their attention on Kelsea Ballerini.

      The Band Perry is a recognizable name and it was only a matter of time before another label jumped aboard.

      I will agree however Aaron Watson deserves a major label so he can be heard on more country radios.

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    • I had no idea that’s where the “Wanna Rock and Roll” intro came from, that’s awesome. I’ll have to check that song out.

      That Hubbard cover is great, I love “Alabama” and “Again” as well.

      And as for the The Band Perry, I think Nashville comes down to which acts will be willing to work with the labels and record the radio trend songs as opposed to, you know, working with an act that just makes great country music.

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  7. “And as for the The Band Perry, I think Nashville comes down to which acts will be willing to work with the labels and record the radio trend songs…”
    TBP is desperate…well…”willing to work with the label”. But will country radio play TBP? Randy Houser, Michael Ray & a couple of other acts are releasing shitty…well…radio friendly songs…& country radio is ignoring the tracks.
    TBP= big egos but not much substance.

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