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The Band Perry To Release Sophomore Album In April

For those of us who have been waiting…and waiting…for new music from rising country stars The Band Perry, the wait is just about over. The sibling trio announced on Thursday that their new record will drop on April 2.

The Band Perry has been steadily making waves since their debut self-titled release in 2010, which went platinum and produced five top-ten hits for them. Their breakout hit “If I Die Young” not only topped the country charts, but also found much crossover success, peaking at Number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and prompting nearly four-and-a-half million digital downloads. Their rising popularity and chart success have thus far garnered the band two ACM awards, as well as three CMAs.

As many of my readers know, I’ve had my eye on this band for awhile. I listed The Band Perry as number one on my list of Country Music Movers and Shakers, and I’ve said several times that I believe this band may represent the future of country music in general.

But it stands to reason that a breakout album can still only carry you so far; eventually you have to follow it up. Three years between albums seems to be a bit of a risk for a band with this kind of momentum—but at least the new record is on the way.

While the album is yet untitled, the advance single “Better Dig Two” bodes well for the upcoming release, already resting comfortably at Number 4 on the Billboard country chart. Considering that the song’s theme is remarkably similar to “If I Die Young”, it could be argued that The Band Perry has a bit of a preoccupation with death. But that’s perhaps to be expected with the bluegrass influence—and if it’s working for ‘em, who am I to argue?

 

 


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Music blogger Rob Burkhardt has been a fan of country music since he was a child, cutting his teeth on the sounds of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Reba McIntyre and George Jones. In the words of the now-legendary Barbara Mandrell song, he was "country when country wasn't cool." Nowadays, Rob is both intrigued and excited about the mainstream crossover appeal of modern country, as seen in the success of artists like Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum. Even so, Rob's personal tastes in country music remain "old school," tied to the great legends of country. When he's not blogging about country music, Rob Burkhardt holds a day job as a middle school teacher, and is an avid sports fan. He lives with his wife and two teenage girls in southern Ohio.

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