The Band Perry performs country mix|
Monday, August 06, 2012
By Wendy Lynn Brion Staff Writer
"Daddy rocked us to sleep with the Rolling Stones; Mama woke us up with Loretta Lynn. So we get it honest."
Those lines opened Friday night's concert featuring The Band Perry at the Clearfield County Fair, which had people on their feet dancing and singing along most of the night.
"I love The Band Perry," said 11-year-old Kalee Reasinger from Woodland who had track seats with her family and waited impatiently for the show to start. She said she has been listening to the band since they came out and this is her first concert. "My favorite song is ‘You Lie,'" she said.
Shayla Marie and Kristen Snyder of DuBois were also attending their first concert of The Band Perry and both said they, "love the band" and their favorite song is, "If I Die Young."
They weren't the only ones anticipating a good time. The track was packed full of fans with the bleachers and grandstand seeing a large number of fans, as well.
As soon as The Band Perry hit the stage with lead singer sister Kimberly and her brothers, Neil and Reid, the crowd was on its feet for the first few of songs, which included the group's first single, "Hip to my Heart," and "Miss You Being Gone."
"We're really happy to be in Clearfield County," Kimberly announced, adding that her family really appreciates being here. She adding that country music is the heart of America, before singing the fourth song of the evening, "Walk Me Down the Middle," which they dedicated to the fair.
Other songs followed which either had the crowd on their feet or sitting back and singing along. During "Independence," the band included a few lines of Tom Petty's "Free Falling."
"We're from east Tennessee," Kimberly noted during another break, saying that is where the banjo players and hillbillies come from, which brought laughter and applause from the audience. She asked if there were any sweethearts in the crowd, then dedicated "All Your Life" to them.
"Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone" calmed the crowd for a bit, with many singing along to the band's harmonies.
The band members took a moment to talk about touring and told the audience they've "done 630 shows doing what they love." Kimberly said it's made some things difficult, like laundry and love lives and kept things interesting, but all agreed it is worth it. The band then sang a new song, "It Burns for You."
A medley of three popular rock tunes followed including "American Pie," "Jack and Diane," and "Me and Bobby McGee," bringing the crowd to its feet once again, where they stayed for the rest of the concert. They danced with the music and causing Kimberly to ask at one point, "Are you shaking what your mama gave you?" to a roar of cheers and "Yeah!" from the audience.
Things quieted down though for the finale of "If I Die Young," which the band had the audience sing the first few lines of before the band joined in.
But it wasn't over. The Band Perry left the stage for a few moments, and then returned with a couple more songs including "You Lie."
"Thank you Clearfield," Kimberly called out as they exited the stage again, "You are country music."
As the crowd headed for the exits and an opportunity to meet the band and get autographs, everyone was talking about the concert.
"It was amazing," said Georgia Clingan of Emporium, who attended with her sister, Bridget. "It was our first concert, so we loved it," she said.
"It was great," said Angela Quinn of Lewistown, "Always a good concert at the Clearfield fair."