The Band Perry

My Bad Imagination: The Band Perry Toronto Pop-Up

It was cold on the streets of Toronto, but inside the Mod Club it was hot when The Band Perry took the stage on Sunday night’s My Bad Imagination popup tour.

We’ve been following The Band Perry since 2009 release of Hip To My Heart, and have had the chance to cover them at Boots & Hearts and follow their radio career in the years since. And now, with a change in the program, Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry have moved out of the country world and into pop as they move forward with their music.

While we believe in never judging a book by its cover, or crowd by its clothing, it was clear that about half of Sunday night’s audience was country (hats, plaid, etc.) and half was ready for pop music in leather, black, and more.

And yes, this was a pop show. The start of what The Band Perry hopes is a successful run in the genre, so those dressed accordingly were in the right place. BUT, those country fans, the ones that have followed since the first time they sang along to If I Die Young, were rewarded for their loyalty and fandom as the show went on.

Note: The crowd sang along as loud as they could when the band played a traditional country version of If I Die Young on Sunday. It was strong and emotional, and showed where they came from… and that they haven’t forgotten that.

The show started with Make You Happy – a new song that proved instantly that things have changed. And from there we got a 45 minute mix of new and old, with popup dates, that had the audience dancing, singing, and happy.

The Band Perry, My Bad Imagination Set List, Toronto

‣ Make You Happy
‣ Better Dig Two
‣ Stay In The Dark
‣ The Best One Yet
‣ Comeback Kid
‣ If I Die Young
‣ Forever Young
‣ In It Together
‣ Medley: Seven Nation Army/ Sexy Back/ Heartless/ Work It/ Milkshake/ Pony
‣ Done
‣ Look At Me Now

Note: Pop music will not be a problem for Kimberly Perry or her sassy/boss lady attitude. If you want to admire a woman that controls the joint and has fun doing it – this is her. Was then, is now.

The set was tight – and in Better Dig Two and Done, where the band rewarded fans with tracks they knew, they updated the backend to make them feel more like pop anthems than the country radio hits they’ve been in the past.

There was an air of inclusion and excitement at the show, with a pop-up stage placed on the Mod Club floor for the singing siblings to perform on. And with high fives, handshakes, and hugs The Band Perry showed that the fans that they were there for them, and that they appreciated the fans being there with their support.

Here’s what we can tell you about The Band Perry, their show in Toronto, and their new musical venture… they’re into it. It’s legit. There is nothing about the way they played, the energy they brought, or the music they showcased that makes us believe that they are anything less than 100% into this idea and this move to pop music.

And guess what… we’ve got their backs. We did when they announced the move, and we do even more now that we’ve had the chance to see it live and up close.

IF you have the chance to see The Band Perry on this My Bad Imagination popup tour – or on a bigger tour when their new album comes out, we suggest you take it.

Be ready for fun. Be ready for change. Be ready for The Band Perry.

Creative Evolution: The Band Perry Makes The Move To Pop

Miriam-Webster defines evolution as (3): the process of working out or developing

People evolve. We grow and change and learn new things. We move from one job to the next, we choose new styles of clothes and hair, and we make new friends with new interests along with way.

So why then are people so stubborn when it comes time to accept that an artist has evolved and taken a new direction?

The Band Perry announced this week that they are getting ready to release a pop album, and presented its first single, Stay In The Dark, as an example of what’s to come. And while they were eloquent in their presentation of the material (a great Facebook message indeed), they have been met with some very close-minded responses from their country music fans.

To our fans –

We’ve made an album for you. Creating it has been the most exciting thing we’ve ever done. It’s led us to disrupt everything that was comfortable and familiar to us a short year ago. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in making it it’s this – being yourself matters. It matters even when not everyone agrees that you should be or understands why it’s important that you are.

The album is called My Bad Imagination. It’s our very first pop album and tonight the first track will be out everywhere, its called Stay In The Dark. Listen loud.

Thank you for your love, your patience, and for your trust. Come with us.



Now, we understand that change is hard. And we know that music is something that creates strong emotional connections for people, making it even harder sometimes to deal with the realities of change. But, that doesn’t mean that we as fans (either of a genre or a band) have the right to expect an artist to stay in one lane over their career just to keep us comfortable and happy.

In August 2009, country music fans were introduced to Kimberly, Reid, and Neil Perry when they released Hip To My Heart, and in 2010 The Band Perry saw their star rise with ACMA wins for New Artist and Top New Duo/Group of the Year. The young, enthusiastic, good looking, talented trio were darlings of the country music youth movement. Fans were into it. Their songs charted well. And If I Die Young became one of those songs that creates an emotional connection.

For the next few years, The Band Perry was in that discussion about the future of country music, as well as its current stars. They won more awards for top vocal group in 2013 and 2014. And in 2015 they took home a Grammy for their recording of the Glen Campbell classic, Gentle On My Mind. At that point they had nearly a dozen major award wins, seven Top 10 singles, including three US Country charts #1 hits (If I Die Young, All Your Life, Better Dig Two), tours with Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Reba, and their own headlining schedule in 2013/14.

But since then, between 2015 and today, we’ve seen and heard changes from the Perry siblings. They released Live Forever and Comeback Kid, which had a pop country sound. They left their label. They didn’t release the third country album that was rumoured and clamoured for by fans. And it seems that now, in February 2017, we know why.

The Band Perry, Kimberly, Reid, and Neil, have made a creative decision to release a pop album. And that’s 100% okay.

In fact, if that’s what is turning them on as artists right now, if that’s what excited them to get into the studio and work, if that’s what they want to share with the world – we should all be standing with them.

Because anyone that believes an artist should be forced, by any means, to create something they don’t believe in with their heart and soul doesn’t really love art and artists.

But on Facebook we’ve seen a lot of comments that don’t support the new direction that The Band Perry is taking. There are people who don’t like the band switching to pop, and claiming that they have now “lost a fan” because of the decision. There are people who want the band to go back to the look they had in 2014, including their clothing and hairstyle choices. It seems that Kimberly’s switch from blonde to brunette in August 2016 still isn’t sitting well with some fans.

Like I said earlier, I understand that change is hard, but come on people.

Here’s an easy to read bullet list of things that we want everyone to keep in mind when it comes to The Band Perry’s change in creative direction.

• Nobody has the right to tell anyone else what they can, should, or ought to wear.
• No artist should be expected to never change or want to try new things.
• Taylor Swift’s singles from her first four albums are still played on country radio and loved by country fans because they are country songs. The new pop songs from 1989 don’t change that.
• Garth Brooks brought Chris Gaines to the world way back in 1999 because he wanted to try something new. And he’s still regarded as the top of the country music mountain.
• Shania Twain recorded crossover versions of every song on the Come On Over album – and country fans are still begging for her to make new music and come play it for us.
• There is no change in the sound and direction of The Band Perry that will change the way If I Die Young sounds when you press play.
• There is no change in the visual style of The Band Perry that will change the memories we have of seeing them on stage and giving it everything they have at Boots & Hearts 2013 – or whatever show you’ve seen them play.
• There are still many, many, many artists making country music for you to enjoy.
• If you don’t like something, you can be quiet about it instead of telling someone that their artistic and career decisions are bad/wrong/stupid/etc.

We are not telling you that you need to like Stay In The Dark, and we aren’t telling you that you need to pre-order My Bad Imagination. But we are telling you that we expect music fans to support artists – and if not that, than to at least respect them.

And we’re telling you that we believe in the talent and passion of The Band Perry. So if they’re excited to release a pop album, we’re excited to hear it.

If you haven’t hear Stay In The Dark yet, press play now.

Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2016 Photo Review!

Sadly we weren’t able to get down to PEI this summer for the Cavendish Beach Music Festival. BUT, with the help of our friends, we do have some awesome photos to share with you.

We heard it got a little chilly, but more than anything else we heard that it was a great time with great music – and some awesome fans! We can’t wait to check it out live and in person next summer…

Check out the big name headliners, the up-and-comers, and country music favourites from Cavendish, PEI 2016!

Kenny Chesney

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Blake Shelton

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The Band Perry

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Dean Brody

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Meghan Patrick

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The Washboard Union

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Blackjack Billy

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Cold Creek County

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Old Dominion

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2 years ago

Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2016 Q&A with Petric, Cold Creek County and Bobby Wills

With the Canada Day long weekend behind we’re looking forward to next weekend and Cavendish Beach Music Festival!

July 8th, 9th and 10th we’re going to see some of the biggest names in country music including The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton. CBMF is bringing us 36 major acts over the three days and that doesn’t include the Emerging Artists who will be rocking the RBC Emerging Artist stage all weekend.

On top of the headliners, you’ll see The Road Hammer, Tebey, Dean Brody, Bobby Wills, Meghan Patrick, Washboard Union, River Town Saints, Petric, and Cold Creek County.

We’re getting into the meat of the summer music festival and we wanted to know what some of our favourite artists are thinking. We’ve asked Petric, Cold Creek County, and Bobby Wills, three questions about festival season, CCC’s Trevor MacLeod and Petric brother, Jason answered for us.

Here we go!

Q. In 50 words or less, is there one thing you’re most looking forward to about playing Cavendish Beach Music Festival?

Petric Cavendish Social 300Petric: We’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this festival. We’ve heard the music fans out there are the best, so that gets us really excited!

Cold Creek County: 
One thing we are looking forward to about playing Cavendish is the amazing vibe! Sharing the stage with The Band Perry, The Road Hammers, Black Jack Billy, The Washboard Union and Olivia Lane. That mixed with an awesome turnout of music fans, makes the experience one of a million.

Bobby Wills: The East Coast is always special and I expect Cavendish to take that to the next level! All the musicians and artists I have spoken to about the event talk so highly of the whole event! I can’t wait.

Cold Creek County Social Media 300Q. Who are you most excited to see?

Neither of us have ever seen Blake Shelton, so that will be a pretty cool experience!

Cold Creek County: 
The Band Perry, their show is unbelievable.

Bobby Wills: I have never seen Kenny Chesney and hear he is one of the best in the business.

Q. What’s your favourite thing about festival season?

Bobby Wills CavendishPetric: The vibe at a country music festival is one of a kind. Great music—and hopefully great weather—it always ends up being a lot of fun! We’ve dreamed of getting to play at these shows for years. It’s really cool to now get this opportunity.

Cold Creek County: 
All the people having a good time, and how they project their energy outward to the music.

Bobby Wills: The fans! The atmosphere and fan interaction at festivals is totally a unique experience.  Nothing like it!

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2 years ago

It Don’t Work Like That: Vanessa Marie Carter Live at The Ranch!

A few weeks back I saw a young, talented artist named Vanessa Marie Carter when she was one of the opening acts for Canadian country giant, George Canyon.

Vanessa played a few songs and sounded good, but I wanted to see for myself what she could do with more than just a few songs. And what better place than The Stampede Ranch in Guelph, where you have 3-4 sets in a few hours instead of a few songs in just a few minutes as an opening act.

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

If you’ve ever been to the Ranch, you know that it’s rare to see anyone on the floor for the first set. But this time, back in the corner, the dancing started early. No one ever wants to be the first on the floor… but then there’s always one song that gets the crowd up. And for Vanessa and her crowd it was That Don’t impress Me Much by none other than Canada’s very own Shania Twain!

I’ll be honest, I would have liked to hear more of Vanessa’s own music that she co-wrote with some Nashville writers. But on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at the bar you always hear a lot of covers. What I found very impressive was that Vanessa’s stage presence. She was up dancing and interacting with the crowd, something you don’t usually see this early in an artist’s career.

Vanessa opened for Kira Isabella in 2014, in 2015 it was Brett Kissel and the Band Perry, and so far in 2016, she’s already been on stage supporting George Canyon. So now we have to ask ourselves who this Oakville native will open for next?!

For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Vanessa does have some tour dates coming up in Toronto and Kitchener… so if you’re in the area – check her out!

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

2 years ago

2016 Cavendish Beach Music Festival Main Stage Artist Announcement!

Back in November we learned that Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, and Old Dominion would be headed to Cavendish Beach to headline the 2016 country music festival…

And today we’ve learned that 11 more country artists will join them on the main stage in beautiful PEI this July to start filling out the bill and turn this thing into a full blown party for country music fans on the east coast!

With a list that now include 15 acts, we know that fans are going to start getting excited… and we understand – so we want you to share this information with your music loving friends down east, because there’s a chance (there’s always a chance) that we might be able to hook someone up with a little something special for someone this summer!

Get Cavendish Beach Music Festival tickets for you and all of your country friends right now… you don’t wanna miss this!

Now, without any more dilly dallying, let’s look at this list!

2016 Cavendish Beach Music Festival Lineup!

  • Kenny Chesney
  • Blake Shelton
  • The Band Perry
  • Old Dominion
  • Dean Brody
  • Emerson Drive
  • The Road Hammers
  • Tebey
  • Blackjack Billy
  • Cold Creek County
  • Bobby Wills
  • Jason Benoit
  • Petric
  • Jojo Mason
  • The Washboard Union

Cavendish Beach 2016 Main Stage Artists

2 years ago

10 More Awesome Country Covers: Part 3

Twice before we’ve shared lists of 10 awesome country covers of pop songs… and now we’re back with a 3rd list to share.

10 More Awesome Country Covers

10 More Awesome Country Covers: Part 2

This time we’ve got songs from Canadian stars, Nashville hitmakers, emerging talent, a double shot of 1 of the biggest songs in a long time, and 2 tracks from one of our current favourites. Some of these were recorded recently, some are a couple years old, but there’s a strong chance that many of you haven’t heard nearly all of these versions.

Have a listen to the ones you haven’t heard before and leave a comment telling us which country artists have recorded pop/rock covers that you love!

Thomas Rhett: When I Was Your Man

Miley Cyrus: Jolene

Cam: Uptown Funk

Cam: Hello

Cory Marquardt: Sorry

The Band Perry: Fat Bottom Girls

Madeline Merlo: Crazy/Crazy In Love

Eric Ethridge: Honey I’m Good

Kira Isabella: Dark Horse

Chad Brownlee: Thinking Out Loud

Dylan Scott: Thinking Out Loud

2 years ago

Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2016 Headliners Announced!

We’ve got another major festival announcement for you today. Cavendish Beach Music Festival has released their first round of performers. Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, The Band Perry and Old Dominion are on the bill for the 8th year of the biggest east coast outdoor music festival. Dates are July 8th through July 10th and tickets go on sale November 5th at 12:00PM Atlantic Time!

Blake Shelton is riding a wave of success having won the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award in 2015 and Male Vocalist five years running. He now has 15 consecutive number 1 hits and I’m sure you all watch The Voice. Blake Shelton is everywhere and he’ll be on the Cavendish Main Stage on July 9th.Blake Shelton Cavendish

On July 10th Kenny Chesney will step up as headliner and with 40 top 10 hits we’re pretty sure you’ll be singing along. No slouch himself, he took home the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year Award in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Kenny hits the road for the “Spread The Love Tour” in 2016 and he’s bringing the love to PEI. Kenny Chesney Cavendish

Let’s backtrack to Friday night. On July 8th The Band Perry will be hitting the festival stage. Their self titled debut album went platinum in Canada and the US and their follow up album “Pioneer” has already reached gold status in both Canada and the US. They’ve won awards from the CMA’s, Academy of Country Music, CMT Music Awards and The Grammys! They’ll be touring to promote their “Heart + Beat” album which will be in full release November 20th. Reid, Kimberly and Neil Perry know how to put on a great show and you’re in for a treat Cavendish. The Band Perry Cavendishthe-band-perry-at-boots-and-hearts-2013

The final band from today’s announcement is Old Dominion. We had the pleasure of seeing these boys at Boots and Hearts this past summer and let me tell you, they are amazing! Super talented singers and songwriters. If you haven’t seen them you’re in for a surprise. They’ve written and co-written many of today’s major hits and these boys have energy to burn!Old Dominion CavendishOld Dominion Boots and Hearts 2015

This is just the first announcement in what’s looking to be a fantastic lineup for the Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2016 season. This festival is growing and it’s become one of the top tourist draws for Prince Edward Island. Cavendish, like many other festivals has become a big supporter of local charities and environmental initiatives. Check out their website for all of the details. We can hardly wait for the next announcement!


2 years ago

27th Annual Havelock Country Jamboree Lineup Announcement

This morning Havelock released their first list of artists and we’re pretty excited. They’ve chosen some of my favourite artists. Let’s get started!

The Band Perry, one of my absolute favourite live acts. Kimberley, Reid and Neil Perry have been at this since 2005 and they’re getting better and better. They’ve got a new single out, “Live Forever” and I can’t wait to hear what else is coming from this super talented country/pop/rock trio. (Saturday, August 20th, 2016)the-band-perry-at-boots-and-hearts-2013

Sammy Kershaw has been around since the ’90’s winning his way into the hearts of country music fans with his initial offering which went Platinum and included four hits including “Cadillac Style,” “Queen of My Double Wide”, “Don’t Go Near the Water”, the title track, and “Yard Sale”. Sammy’s got a new album out “I Won’t Back Down” and he’ll be bringing a whole lot of country experience to Havelock. (Friday, August 19th, 2016)Sammy-Kershaw

Chad Brownlee one of the hardest working Canadian musicians I know, and that’s saying a lot! Chad always brings his best to the party and never disappoints. We’d be surprised if he wasn’t in the line up. (Thursday, August 18th, 2016)Chad Brownlee Boots and Hearts 2015

Asleep At The Wheel have been known as one of the best western swing outfits in the business. Based out of Austin they’ve released over 20 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles. (Friday, August 19th, 2016)Asleep At The Wheel

Jess Moskaluke, riding high off her latest CCMA Best Female Artist of the Year Award, is a natural for this festival. Jess’ new album “Kiss Me Quiet” is dazzling the Canadian country music scene. I love Jess and I’m thrilled that she’s getting the recognition she deserves. (Saturday August 20th, 2016)Jess Moskaluke

Jaydee Bixby who some of you might recognize from Canadian Idol Season 5 has been honing his country presence most of his life. Raised in a musical family Jaydee has comes by his talent naturally. The young singer songwriter is a welcome addition to the Havelock lineup. (Friday, August 19th, 2016)Jaydee Bixby

Runaway Angel, I’ve been a huge fan of these ladies from the first time I heard them. Their wonderful harmonies, relatable lyrics and passion are all part of the package. Cadence Grace, Ann Chaplin and Stacey Zegers have all had success as solo artists but the blending of these talents is other worldly. Runaway Angel is a staple in the Ontario music scene and they’re starting to get a lot of attention. I’ve said it before, watch these ladies! (Thursday, August 18th, 2016)Runaway Angel

Kansas Stone is completely new to me and I love that. I’ve done a bit of digging and they look and sound like something I can get behind. This high energy, seven piece band is a great choice for the opening day lineup. Listing influences as Alabama, Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Waylon Jennings and Jason Aldean their sound makes a lot of sense. They’ve shared the stage with headliners Dallas Smith, Brett Kissel, Aaron Pritchett, Beverley Mahood and Tebey.  (Thursday, August 18th, 2016)Kansas Stone

Paula Chopik & Ed Leslie won the Impact Award at the CMAO’s this year for their work on The Havelock Country Jamboree.  They know what they’re doing and they’re putting together a stellar lineup for 2016. I can hardly wait for the next announcement.

2 years ago

Why I Loved Country Music in 2013

There’s been a lot of bitchin’ about country music in the last couple of days thanks to Buzzfeed posting Entertainment Weekly writer Grady Smith’s “Why Country Music Was Awful in 2013” video.

While some of the mainstream country music that was mashed up to prove his point that there are a lot of common themes in the songs that go to #1 on the charts aren’t much more than pop songs – they are country music.

And, some of the songs in that video are some of my favourites of the last year.

I love country music. That’s a well established fact here on the blog and in the rest of my life. My country music education started in the early 80’s when I was just a baby. I grew up with Randy Travis and Alabama and Juice Newton and The Judds playing on the radio. When I was a little older we got Reba and Garth and Brooks & Dunn. And now we’ve been in a 15 year period that has given us Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain, Paul Brandt, Terri Clark, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church and yes, even Taylor Swift.

I Can Take You For A Ride On My Big Green TractorFor all of the country music haters out there, and there are many, and they are loud, there are people who love this music. The “pop” tracks make them smile and dance and sing along. The sad songs remind them of the tough times that they have lived or the people that they have lost.

Here’s the thing about all music, no record is going to make everyone happy. No single is going to do it for every listener. No artist will be loved by all the people who love their genre of music. Country music is no different, never has been.

And the sooner we can all just accept the fact that Florida Georgia Line are a big hit right now – but acts like Whitney Rose, The Stone Sparrows and Kacey Musgrave are making country music too – and you can listen to them instead if that’s your style, the better off we’ll all be.

If you want to listen to some 2013 country music that I love that’s talkin’ bout girls, talkin’ bout trucks, talkin’ bout redneck boys out kickin’ up dust – and more, I’ve got a list for you right here.

Luke Bryan: Crash My Party

Taylor Swift: Red (Live at the Country Music Awards with Alison Krauss & Vince Gill)

Whitney Rose: Chivalry is Dead

The Stone Sparrows: Picture Show

Miranda Lambert: All Kinds of Kinds (Live at CMA Fest 2013)

Lee Brice: I Drive Your Truck

Eric Church: Like Jesus Does (Acoustic)

Kacey Musgraves: Merry Go ‘Round

Lady Antebellum: Goodbye Town

Little Big Town: Your Side of the Bed (Live at the Grand Ole Opry)

Dierks Bentley: Home

The Band Perry: Don’t Let Me Be Lonely

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4 years ago

Boots & Hearts 2013 Spotlight: The Band Perry

The Band Perry at Boots and Hearts 2013 [credit: Trish Cassling]Saturday night at Boots & Hearts in Bowmanville, Ontario 2 brothers and a sister took to the Main Stage and lit things up.

From the moment that The Band Perry walked on playing Done (which I predicted, you can ask Trish) the crowd was electric. Kimberly, Reid and Neil were absolutely ready for the audience and they showed it in their performance. They smiled, they moved, they strutted, they were fantastic. It was a true performance.

And while we were all ready to sing along to hits like You Lie, Better Dig Two, Postcards From Paris and If I Die Young (and we did!) I wasn’t expecting to hear covers like Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’, Queen’s Fat Bottom Girls (my fav Queen tune), Fun’s Some Nights (which the crowd absolutely LOVED) and Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You (so pretty, and such a great country song).

I feel the need to point out the fact that while Kimberly is clearly the lead singer and focal point of the group, this is not a one woman show. The Band Perry is a family that performs together as a unit of 3. And they do it well by playing off each other on stage, making a point of connecting with the crowd and generally just being awesome.

With that said however, let me say this, Kimberly is a great lead singer and boy does she pack some sass into her show. Until Miranda came out on stage to finish the festival on Sunday, it was Ms. Perry who wore the Little Miss Sassy Pants crown. Trish was able to get some great shots of her and the boys from the pit and we sure as hell enjoyed the rest of the show as we moved into the crowd.

The important thing to remember is that The Band Perry is just getting started! They have an entire career ahead of them. And if they continue on the course that they are on now, we’re going to be talking about them and seeing them at a lot more festivals and big concerts for years to come.

And if you get the chance to be at one of those shows, take it. Trust me. You won’t be disappointed.

Work Hard, Play Harder, Be Awesome.

The Band Perry at Boots and Hearts 2013 [credit: Trish Cassling]
The Band Perry at Boots and Hearts 2013 [credit: Trish Cassling]
The Band Perry at Boots and Hearts 2013 [credit: Trish Cassling]see, she’s sassy!

4 years ago

Boots & Hearts 2013 Full Schedule and Set Times!

Boots and Hearts 2013 HeaderThere have been more than a few people looking for the Boots & Hearts schedule online without any luck. It seems that as great as the app is, it is only available on ios and android devices (and not everyone has one) – so, I’ve taken screenshots of the entire schedule and stitched them together so everyone can see and plan and be ready for August 1-4 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park!

We’re gonna go, Front Porch Stage – Main Stage – Lug Stage. Ready? Here we go!

Front Porch Stage!

Boots and Hearts Front Porch Thursday Schedule
Boots and Hearts Front Porch Friday Schedule
Boots and Hearts Front Porch Saturday Schedule
Boots and Hearts Front Porch Sunday Schedule

Main Stage!

Boots and Hearts Main Stage Friday Schedule Boots and Hearts Main Stage Saturday Schedule
Boots and Hearts Main Stage Sunday Schedule

LUG Stage!

Boots and Hearts Lug Stage Schedule
It’s going to be a great festival – and if you don’t have an iphone or android device, I hope this helps you plan your time.

Have a great time – it’s only a week away!

5 years ago

The Boots and Hearts 2013 Countdown – 25 Days!

Boots and Hearts Performer CollageLadies and gentlemen, the big weekend that we’ve all (well me at least) have been waiting for is almost here!

Like, so close I can taste it. So close I am itching to get back on a mechanical bull. So close that I’m thinking about my rain plan. So close that I’m getting exponentially more excited each day. So close… well, you get the idea.

And because the Boots and Hearts Music Festival has gotten this much closer since the last time I wrote about there are updates!

My favourite 3 musical updates are:

1. Cassadee Pope on the Friday line up.

2. Devin Cuddy (son of Jim) on the Sunday line up.

3. The legendary, Washboard Hank also on the Friday line up.

In total there are now 34 acts listed on the Boots and Hearts website… I’ve taken the liberty of grabbing screen shots of each day so you can see for yourself without all the hassle of clicking and such yourself.

Boots and Hearts 2013 Thursday Line UpFriday
Boots and Hearts 2013 Friday Line UpSaturday
Boots and Hearts 2013 Saturday Line UpSunday
Boots and Hearts 2013 Sunday Line UpWhile the 2012 edition of the Boots and Hearts Music Festival may have had more than it’s share of rain and was the 1st edition of the show, it was amazing and I loved every minute of it. Even the part where I had to go get bandaged up after the bull incident. And to tell you the truth I expect this year to be even bigger and better now that the organizers have had a chance to see how things work in the space, how the crowd reacts to great acts and just how much fun Country Music fans are willing to have at an outdoor, long weekend festival.

Boots and Hearts 2013 Countdown ClockAccording to the Boots and Hearts Countdown Clock we are now less than 25 days away from the first act of the year – those 3+ weeks can’t fly by fast enough!

If you’re half as excited as I am I know that you can’t wait to get out to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for Canada’s Biggest Country Music Festival either. And if you don’t have your tickets yet keep an eye on the interwebs for a bunch of contests that are still going on – you’ve still got a chance!

Good Luck!
Boots and Hearts 2013 Map

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Boots And Hearts Gets Bigger With An Added Night!

NEW Boots & Hearts BannerThat’s right kids, the Boots & Hearts Music Festival just got bigger with more names added to the list of performers AND the addition of Thursday, August 1st to the weekend of music and festivities.

We’re seeing names like Tate Stevens (winner of  the X Factor), Tim Hicks (touring partner of Dallas Smith and Chad  Brownlee) and Parmalee (American Country act with a brother tandem with a cousin and childhood friend rounding out the group) added to the list of performers like Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and The Band Perry that we already knew about.

It’s one of my favourite things about Boots & Hearts, the chance that some of these new and emerging groups are getting to perform in front of a crowd that loves country music and is there to enjoy everything that the stage has to offer. Here’s hoping that all of the new additions are pumped up and ready to go when August comes! Boots & Hearts Line-Up Additions - Tim Hicks, Tate Stevens, ParmaleeHowever, in my eyes the biggest name added to the list of performers and headlining the newly added Thursday night is Canadian Country act, Emerson Drive. These guys make some really catching country music, they sing some powerful ballads and they have a reputation for being great on stage performers. I can’t wait to see them up there in front of the crowd. In fact, I’m so excited to see them that I can’t pick 1 song that I look forward to hearing them sing most. So here are 2!

She’s My Kind Of Crazy

I Should Be Sleeping

The new additions bring us to a total of 21 named artists.
They Are:
Miranda Lambert
Jason Aldean
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Joe Diffie
Dierks Bentley
Emerson Drive
Dean Brody
Jason Blaine
Chad Brownlee
Aaron Lewis
Colt Ford
High Valley
Kira Isabella
The Stellas
Dee Jay Silver
David Nail
Tate Stevens
Tim Hicks

For a breakdown of who will be playing on which day, click the image below and use the Sort By Day tool in the upper right.
Boots & Hearts - Click To See Schedule We are now 120 days away from the start of the festival – and it’s going to go quickly.

If you’re going, it’s time to start getting excited. If you’re still thinking about going, it’s really time to get on the ticket buying!

Stay tuned for more news and info as we get even closer to August!

5 years ago

Boots and Hearts 2013 – The Countdown T-149 Days

Boots and Heart Countdown BannerLadies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages… we are now inside of 150 days until the beginning of Boots and Hearts 2013. I’m excited.

I know I’ve written about being excited and counting down before… 50 days ago to be precise. But I can’t help it. I keep seeing tweets and Facebook updates and people talking about the festival and it makes me want to fast forward to August.

So to get in the countdown spirit – here are 5 songs by 5 artists that I really, really, really hope to hear at Boots & Hearts 2013.

Dierks Bentley – What Was I Thinkin’?

Rascal Flatts – Fast Cars And Freedom

Joe Diffie – John Deere Green

Miranda Lambert – Famous In A Small Town

Jason Aldean – Tattoos On This Town

Here’s some honest truth for you. That wasn’t an easy thing to do. I had to leave out The Band Perry and High Valley and Dean Brody. And there wasn’t 1 of the 5 artists on the list that only has 1 song I want to hear!

Just like last year, this festival looks like it’s going to be packed full of good times and good music. Probably good people too.

If you’re still looking for more info about Boots & Hearts you can check out…

The Website:

The Facebook:

The Twitter:

The YouTube:

There you have it – all the info you can find is in those places.

All the excitement you’re looking for is right here!

And it’s growing!

Get ready – 149 days will countdown faster than you think!

Boots and Hearts Countdown Clock - 149 Days

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