The Band Perry plays hometown gig
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
– The Band Perry gave a special performance to thousands in their hometown of Greeneville, Tenn. on Saturday, debuting new music from their sophomore album, "Pioneer," which came out today.
An estimated crowd of 25,000 took to the streets of the mountain town to see The Band Perry with some standing in a meet and greet line that stretched nearly a mile down Main Street.
The crowd drew approximately 15,000 out of town visitors. With an invitation from The Band Perry, via Twitter, fans came from Florida, Iowa, Texas and Canada. The trio received a proclamation from Gov. Bill Haslam.
"We are so humbled by the show of support from our hometown, as well as our fans that traveled so many miles - and our neighbors just down the street - to see the show. We had a great time signing CDs for everyone who braved the crisp night air waiting to meet us and say hello. And to have Gov. Haslam recognize us as we came home, what an incredible honor," said Neil Perry.
"To have so many people come out and celebrate with us in Greeneville is just amazing. Our hometown has given us a lot, and we wanted to do something to give back. I think everybody had a good time, I know that we sure did," said Reid Perry.
"To know where you are going, you have to know where you've been," said Kimberly Perry. "We love small towns and embrace the nurturing they provide. We will be the first to tell you that great things come from humble beginnings. You don't have to think small just because you are from a small town, and we want everyone to know that. We had a great time performing for our friends in Greeneville this past weekend."
The Band Perry performed their Platinum-certified, multi-week number one lead single Better Dig Two on ABC's "Good Morning America" this morning and will be featured on ABC's "Nightline" tonight at 11:35 p.m. Eastern.
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