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Published July 10 2013

After year’s wait, The Band Perry set for Red River Valley Fair concert

WEST FARGO - Most country groups probably don’t claim the rock ‘n’ roll band Queen as an influence.

But The Band Perry, who plays its long-awaited concert at the Red River Valley Fair on Saturday night, might not be just another country band.

The group, made up of siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry, was originally scheduled to play the fair last summer. They had to postpone, though, to take time to record their new album, “Pioneer,” which was released in April and, at least according to the band, has elements of Queen in its sound.

“They’re a big musical influence for us,” Kimberly Perry said last week from Nashville, where the group played that city’s Fourth of July celebration.

The band often performs the Queen hit “Fat Bottomed Girls” at their live shows, she adds.

The three siblings grew up listening to rock as much as country music, Neil Perry says, and the band wanted to combine both sounds in the new album more than in their self-titled debut album from 2010.

“One of the things we really tried to do was incorporate our live sound – more rock and roll, more electric guitar,” he says.

Despite the success of the first album, thanks to hits such as “If I Die Young” and “All Your Life,” Kimberly Perry says the band didn’t feel much pressure while recording “Pioneer.”

“I’m not sure if we felt the pressure as much as the responsibility,” she says. “We were so thrilled to even have the opportunity to go in and record a second album.”

Despite just a few years in the national spotlight and on radio waves, the three siblings in October will celebrate their 15th anniversary of making music together.

“We’ve had a lifetime of making music together as a family that we’re drawing on,” Kimberly Perry says.

“We certainly have each other’s back. I think we inspire each other,” she adds. “And I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

If you go

What: Grandstand headliners at the Red River Valley Fair

When: All shows start at 8; Hinder plays tonight, Hunter Hayes takes the stage Friday night, The Band Perry performs Saturday night and Sevendust on Sunday night.

Where: The grandstand at the Red River Valley Fair, West Fargo

Info: Tickets for the grandstand shows are free with paid gate admission, which is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-11 and free for children 5 and under. More info at www.redrivervalleyfair.com

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535