The Band Perry

Almost a year ago, I saw The Band Perry at The Forum in London.  It was our second time seeing them.  The first time came about on a complete whim. I had been listening to Bob Harris Country and he played a couple of songs by the band and mentioned they were playing Koko in Camden the next week. One quick visit to itunes and I had their album and another quick visit to a ticket site and I had tickets to see them for me and mum. This was also the first time we saw John & Jacob too who have gone on to become another of our favourite Country Bands.

To non country music fans, The Band Perry are probably best known for the song ‘If I Die Young’ which was featured on a Glee episode in memory of Cory Monteith’s death last year.

The Band Perry do not disappoint live, they are high energy on stage. I remember seeing Kimberly Perry jumping around and I wished I was in the band. One of the best moments of is when they sing ‘ Fat Bottomed Girls’ by Queen. My Mum and I are very close, and maybe thats why the song ‘ A Mother Like Mine’ is also one of my favourites. The lyrics are beautiful and I know my  mum believes in me no matter what I am trying to do, just like the lyrics below say:

She’s the sky that holds the clouds
She’s the lady of the house
A blind believer in all I dare to be
There’s no safer place I’ve found
Than the shoulder of her white night gown
Oh I’ve got the best and the worst of her in me
I’d share her if I could

Oh the wars would all be over
‘Cause she’d raise us all as friends
And no one would ever wonder if somebody wanted them
We’d walk on grass that’s greener
And our cares would all be freer
If the world had a mother like mine

She’s our father’s one great love
She’s the one he wanted most
She’s the light in the window of the house I grew up in
She takes the midnight call
She’s the bravest of us all
And she sings in the garden that she let’s her hair down in

I’ve seen The Band Perry a total of 3 times now, the last time was at the C2C Festival at O2 in March of this year, where we were lucky enough to be second row.  I just hope they continue to visit the UK!

The Band Perry
The Band Perry
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I was Country…

when country wasn’t cool!

Country Music

I like most music, but my favourite genre is Country. I started listening when I was about 15 (some 18 years ago!).  I am pretty sure Shania Twain was my first concert! I also saw Keith Urban and Leann Rimes around that time too.

Back then Country singers didn’t really visit the UK, and if you wanted to buy CD’s, you had to get them at HMV usually imported and twice the price!  Luckily its much different now, Amazon and iTunes changed all that.

I’m not sure I can explain exactly what it is about Country music, but I just connect with the lyrics.  The songs are so honest, true and paint a picture of life. There are many songs that feel like they were written for me or remind me of a particular time in my life. Seems the below, just sums it up.

Funny how a melody, sounds like a memory

Not ready to make nice…

The Dixie Chicks, were one of the first Country groups I loved.  I wanted to play the fiddle & violin like Martie did.  I have every single album they’ve released and finally got to see them perform at C2C this year.  We had brought tickets one week after the 2013 gig, when no line up was announced. We just knew we needed to be there again.

There are some songs, that you just want to hear live and when the line up was released I had a moment of I am finally going to see them and PLEASE, sing ‘not ready to make nice’. They did not disappoint!

In 2003, the Dixie Chicks had spoken out against the war in Iraq and President Bush. There was a massive backlash, radio stations stopped playing their songs. The album that followed and this song was their chance to put their point across.

It’s fair to say I’m some times out spoken and a bit stubborn, so this is probably why this song resonates with me.

Forgive, sounds good
Forget, I’m not sure I could
They say time heals everything
But I’m still waitingI’m through with doubt
There’s nothing left for me to figure out
I’ve paid a price
And I’ll keep paying

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
‘Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

I know you said
Can’t you just get over it
It turned my whole world around
And I kind of like it

I made my bed and I sleep like a baby
With no regrets and I don’t mind sayin’
It’s a sad sad story when a mother will teach her
Daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger
And how in the world can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they’d write me a letter
Sayin’ that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over

….

Forgive, sounds good
Forget, I’m not sure I could
They say time heals everything
But I’m still waiting