BY LISA WARREN
The backstage area at The Band Perry's concert on Saturday was a beehive of activity.
Among those spending much time there was Justin Key, the creative director for Republic Nashville, the Perrys' record label.
He recalled in an interview the day in 2009 that Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry performed for the first time for the record label executives.
"It was an acoustic performance," Key said. "And we were blown away!"
Key was among several of the band's Nashville music and management representatives who were in downtown Greeneville on Saturday for the world premiere of "Pioneer," the Perry's second album.
Also noted among the backstage crowd was Republic Nashville President Scott Brochetta as well as Bob Doyle, owner and president of Major Bob/Rio Bravo music, a well-known publishing and production entity, and Bob Doyle & Associates, a successful artist management firm.
In addition to providing management services to The Band Perry, Doyle is also the long-time manager of country star Garth Brooks.
MOM AND DAD BUSY
The sibling trio's parents, Dr. Steve Perry and his wife, Marie, could also be found moving about in the backstage flurry of activity on Saturday.
Dr. Perry, who played a major role in organizing the downtown concert, said that his children were all "very excited" about the concert and coming home to premiere their new album.
Marie Perry, who frequently accompanies her sons and daughter out on the road, said that she took a break from touring and remained at home in Greeneville when the band recently performed in Australia.
She said that her husband was able to take time away from his pediatric practice and accompany the group on that trip.
"He really enjoyed it!" Marie Perry said.
Handling part of the tight security presence at the concert was Greeneville police Officer Jeff Sowers, who commented that he was especially impressed with how "down-to-earth" each of the Perry siblings is.
He recalled the Perrys' being in attendance one evening at a local high school athletic event, and he noticed how they were immediately swarmed by a group of fans.
Instead of backing away from the fray, however, Sowers said that the Perrys seemed to embrace it and enjoy their time chatting with the hometown fans.
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