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The Band Perry Canadian tour embodies 'Pioneer' spirit


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The Band Perry Canadian tour embodies 'Pioneer' spirit

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Jan 14, 2014

The Band Perry's We Are Pioneers tour is well-named, considering the sibling trio is currently braving the cold Canadian weather for about a dozen concerts throughout the Great White North. But the group has a lot of experience to draw on when it comes to dealing with anything unusual that might come their way on their first-ever headlining trek across North America.

"We have been on many, many tours before and have learned a lot about how these other great artists have done it," Reid Perry tells the Regina Leader-Post in Saskatchewan. "For us, it's like the natural next step because when we perform live, it's the Band Perry at its truest sense. There are risks involved but we're willing to take them just to be able to get up to Canada and play a run of our own shows."

The group's Canadian dates most recently follow 20 shows in Europe in November and early December, but are also part of a history that includes opening slots for Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban over the past several years, and a time when they've also experienced a string of No. 1 hits, including "If I Die Young" and "Better Dig Two." Their latest album, "Pioneer" earned critical acclaim in 2013.

"We've actually done a handful of scattershot headlining shows of our own during the downbeats of touring over the past three years," Kimberly Perry notes. "We haven't done a proper headlining tour but we've been honing the show since the downbeat of 'Hip to My Heart'. We just got back from 30 days in Europe where we played 20 shows and we were really honing the set while we were over there. We were rearranging everything. We used the elbow grease when we were in Europe and we're excited to bring the show to Canada."

"It’s always exciting," adds Neil Perry. "It does kind of feel like a never-ending circle when one song finishes and you move on to the next one. It's always a challenge to keep those songs up and the three of us have always been up for a good challenge."

The group's Canadian run continues with a couple of stops in Alberta on Jan. 15 and 16 and ends Jan. 29. On Jan. 31 they'll be back in the States as the We Are Pioneers world tour continues. See a list of their tour dates here.

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.