See Darius Rucker & The Band Perry on Top 20

Darius Rucker and The Band Perry released albums on the same day, and now they’re appearing on the same show, joining host Nan Kelley on this weekend’s edition of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. The Band Perry’s self-titled debut album came out on Tuesday, featuring the group’s first Top 20 hit, “Hip To My Heart,” as well as its current ballad, “If I Die Young,” which has already become the trio’s first gold single. “If I Die Young” is No. 15 on this week’s Top 20. The new Darius album, Charleston, SC 1966, was also released on Tuesday, and it contains a successful single of its own, “Come Back Song.” If you saw the title before you actually heard the song, you might have thought it was about a veteran musician’s career. Which means Darius and his co-writers, Casey Beathard and Chris Stapleton, succeeded in their attempts to twist the meaning. Read More

The Band Perry Sprints to the Finish

The Band Perry has turned a lot of heads with its Top 20 single “If I Die Young,” and it has plenty of fans looking for the group’s first album. For now, the best you can do is to get TBP’s five-song EP, though you won’t have to wait too long for a full album. The Perrys’ self-titled debut is set for Oct. 12, and the 11 tracks will of course include their current ballad as well as the band’s first single, the bubbly “Hip To My Heart.” But the album should be fairly well-rounded. Read More

The Band Perry Turns Heads With “Young” Song

The Band Perry made a lot of inroads with its energetic first single, “Hip To My Heart,” but it’s the ballad they released as a follow-up, “If I Die Young,” that’s really getting the group a lot of attention. The song is atypical — a slow number about death put out at a time of year when many artists try to put out happy, upbeat material — but that’s also part of the reason it’s worked. “If I Die Young” goes against the grain just enough that its spare arrangement stands out among other current songs. And when fans really focus on the lyrics, they discover it’s not a morbid assessment of death but actually a result of siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry celebrating life. Read More