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?