The Band Perry are on the second leg of the ‘We Are Pioneers’ world tour, and the trio is on absolute fire. They performed Saturday night at Sanford Center in Bemidji, and there wasn’t a single seat to be filled in the place. The Band Perry is Kimberly, Neil and Reid, which make up the brothers and sister trio. The group has had two albums to date, and have had several No. 1 hits on the Billboard country charts. The tour just returned from a few dates in Canada so they were probably used to the extreme cold temperatures, as it was below zero in the city they performed.
Opening for the TBP was newcomer Lindsay Ell, who has a style similar to Miranda Lambert, and attitude to match. The crowd had no problem embracing her rendition of ‘American Woman.’ Following Ell, was Easton Corbin, who is one of those artists that could break out any minute. Corbin emerged in 2010 with No. 1 hit ‘I’m a Little More Country than That.’ His styling's have been compared with Nashville great, George Strait. Corbin performed 'Clockwork' from his third upcoming album to be released later this year.
The Band Perry had a superb stage set up with high risers and a platform extending into the crowd for fans to get a little more up close. Clearly Kimberly Perry owns the show with her spunky attitude she didn’t seem to skip a beat, moving up and down that stage, with her brothers, Neil and Reid following close behind. With her interaction with crowd, and her sibling’s high energy, they had the crowd literally singing every song in the arena, from the foot stomping opener ‘Done,’ ‘You Lie’ and ‘All Your Life,' audiences were thoroughly entertained.
A particular moving moment was before they played ‘Pioneer’ they had a nice very patriotic moment with the Star Spangled Banner orchestration and American flag placed on the highest riser right up the middle. The placed went crazy as people cheered and applauded to the symbol and song of our great nation. After, ‘Pioneer’ ‘Amazing Grace’/My Chains are Gone’ immediately followed. Although the songs are known and played more in a church setting, they seemed to be the perfect fit into the set.
Another highlight was the band’s rendition of Pitbull’s ‘Timber’ was an interesting twist, and brilliantly performed by the trio. The band would wrap up the night with current hit ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,' and leave the stage.
If you think this crowd was going to let the Perry’s leave without playing two of their biggest hits, you would be sadly mistaken. They indeed came back out to perform their mega hit, ‘If I Die Young’ and closed off the evening with ‘Better Dig 2.’
As to why this group has not garnered a Grammy for country group of the year has got to be biggest puzzler of all. It’s not a matter of if, it’s simply when they will be presented with music’s biggest honor. If their performance remains as powerful and enormously entertaining as it is now, there’s no stopping these pioneers from writing a whole new chapter into American civilization.
The Band Perry We Are Pioneers World Tour Set list
Night Gone Wasted
All Your Life
I’m A Keeper
Anthem/Pioneer/Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone
Fat Bottom Girls
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely
If I Die Young
Better Dig 2