Kimberly Perry sure gets around. Now, now, I’m not being rude here, so get your mind out of the gutter.
Less than a year ago I reviewed The Band Perry’s performance when they opened for Keith Urban at Rogers Arena, and now here I am doing the same thing for their performance prior to Brad Paisley at the Calgary Stampede. Come to think of it, maybe I get around.
So what can I say that’s new about this band that I haven’t already covered? Surprisingly a fair bit – and unfortunately, not all good. Sure Kimberly Perry still has a decent stage presence, and her brothers are kind (and self-effacing) enough to give her centre stage. And yes, I suppose their songs have grown in popularity.
But much like the last time they took the stage, their library is a little thin. I wouldn’t have noticed so much if they had played new cover songs, but alas Kimberly felt compelled to feed the crowd her rendition of Queen’s Fat Bottom Girls - something they did in Vancouver as well.
It’s time for The Band Perry to come up with some new songs or risk riding into the sunset playing covers. The same song twice in two concerts spread out over months is a bit much. They did play Tom Petty’s Free Falling, though that song came very early in the concert (almost too early – even before they could establish their musical bona fides). Jumping right into a cover song is a bold move for any artist, let alone a band that’s still trying to establish itself as a mainstage attraction.
Luckily, The Band’s first album comes with enough sing-a-long songs to keep the crowd engaged. Kimberly’s voice is still powerful, though it loses strength in the highest notes and she’d be wise to know her limitations. The band brings energy and Kimberly’s interaction with the crowd don’t feel forced.
As it was in Vancouver with Keith Urban, Kimberly’s best performance was with Paisley at the end of his concert, which leads me to believe that this band needs a little more maturing before it can lay claim to centre stage. For a band that only has one album, that seems like an attainable goal. Let’s hope next time they bring some new music, and turn the cover songs into a novelty more than a necessity.
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