From S. Greene,
In Photo Shoot
BY LISA WARREN
Members of the South Greene and Chuckey-Doak high school marching bands are lending some "color" to the look of the new album by The Band Perry (TBP).
The two local high school marching bands' students -- dressed in their full band uniforms -- were invited by the country music trio to join them in a special photo shoot on Monday afternoon and evening at two Greeneville locations.
The photos will be considered as part of the packaging and design for The Band Perry's new album, which is due for release on April 2.
The South Greene and Chuckey-Doak bands were selected to participate in the photo shoot by the TBP photographer based upon photographs of the five local high school marching band uniforms.
Two locations for the photo shoot were also selected by the band's photographer for the photo shoot, which began about 4:30 p.m. and concluded about 8:30 p.m.
The first photo location was at the old Southern Railway Freight Depot building, next to the former Brook Glen Farm Supply store on West Irish Street, and the second location was in downtown Greeneville on West Depot Street.
As she greeted the band students gathered for the event, Kimberly Perry told them that they had helped to inspire much of the music for the band's new album.
In writing songs for the project, Perry said that she and her brothers, Neil and Reid, had "a marching band pictured in our minds."
In a brief interview with The Greeneville Sun, the Perry siblings said that they are putting the finishing touches on their second album.
In fact, the trio is scheduled to be back in Nashville this week for additional recording work on the project, which is being produced by famed music producer Rick Rubin.
While in Music City, the Perrys are also scheduled to appear this Saturday evening on the Grand Ole Opry.
In thinking about the design and packaging of the album, Kimberly Perry said that they wanted to come home to Greeneville to do part of the photography.
In addition to having photos taken with the local marching bands, the siblings also were photographed at various other sites in downtown Greeneville as part of the project.
Other photographs for the album were also recently taken in Mobile, Ala., where the Perry family resided prior to moving to Greeneville in 2002.
In thinking about inspiration for their new album, Kimberly said that "one of the most inspiring images that we had in our minds while we were writing for this album was a marching band.
"I have no idea why. I guess it was kind of about the forward motion and the unity of that picture. So we brought a lot of that imagery into the music.
"Now, today, we get to be drum majors!" she added excitedly.
Kimberly noted that the first musical instrument that she ever learned to play -- a clarinet -- now resides with the South Greene Band.
"I had to give it a good home," she said with a smile. "I haven't played it since about 10th grade."
Reid, who performs bass guitar with The Band Perry, said that his first instrument as a child was the violin.
However, he said that he soon moved on to piano.
"We all took piano," Neil said. "But drums were my first love!"
"Yeah, that was his first noisemaker," Kimberly added with a laugh.
Today, Neil can be found performing mandolin and banjo with TBP, while Kimberly is never far from her guitar.
In looking about the crowd of band students, Neil said that there may be one more instrument that they would like to learn.
"We see several people with tubas here today -- and it makes us want to learn tuba!"