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Shining Stars

The Band Perry

The Band Perry

“Anyone who knows us knows how much we love our hometown (Greeneville, Tenn.).”  Those are the words of Neil Perry, mandolin and accordion player, drummer and background vocalist for The Band Perry.

Make no mistake about it – all of the Perry family members are very firmly rooted in Greene County soil and love to talk about their hometown, Greeneville, and its many positive aspects. 

Both the Band Perry’s debut and sophomore albums have been released during outdoor stage performances in Greeneville.  The first, entitled “The Band Perry,” was released in October of 2010 before a crowd more than 4,000 fans and featured “If I Die Young” and “Hip to My Heart.”  “If I Die Young” reached number one on the country music chart and number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has been certified quadruple platinum.  The song earned the 2011 CMA “Single” and “Song of the Year” Awards.  The third single from the album, “You Lie,” reached number one in February of 2012, and “Postcard from Paris” climbed to number six.  The album has sold well over 1.3 million copies.

Their second album, “Pioneer” had its debut on Main Street in Greeneville in March of 2013, drawing a record-breaking crowd for the downtown historic area of 25,000 people.  The album’s first single “Better Dig Two,” was released in October of 2012 to country radio, and the second single, “Done,” charted in March 2013 ahead of its release date.

The Band Perry has won multiple Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association and Country Music Television Awards, as well as Grammy, Teen Choice, American Music Awards, American Country Awards and Billboard Music Awards nominations.

“Sometimes to know where you are going, you have to know where you have been,” said Kimberly Perry (lead vocals, guitar and piano).  “Greeneville is our home and is so dear to our hearts.  It’s the place we come back to, to feed our souls and rest our heads.  It’s where we can truly let our hair down.”

According to bass guitarist and background vocalist Reid Perry, the band is focusing with General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America on the “Outnumber Hunger” initiative this year. In its second year, “Outnumber Hunger” helps fight hunger in local communities by helping Feeding America secure meals for its network of local food banks.  “We are so appreciative that General Mills sponsored our hometown show and gave us the platform to bring our new music home to our friends in Greeneville,” he said.

For more information on The Band Perry, visit TheBandPerry.com.

 

Allen Johnson

Allen Johnson

Greeneville native Allen Johnson and his J&J Race Team need little introduction to NHRA Pro Stock race fans.  They’ve been around the tracks for more than 17 years, winning random races with an eye on pulling it all together to take home the big prize… And that’s exactly what happened in 2012.

Allen and his dad, Roy, who is one of the major forces behind the J&J Race Team, brought home the massive golden 2012 NHRA National Pro Stock Championship Trophy after the final race of the season in Pomona, Calif., last year to the delight of their family, fans and friends in the Greeneville/Greene County area.

And the Johnson entourage is continuing its winning ways in 2013. Already Allen and his team have won two major races, the 44th Annual Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., in March, and the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas in April.

Allen and his wife, Pam, reside in Greene County and also have a second home in Florida, splitting their “down” time between the two residences.  Allen also maintains a local business, Greeneville Oil & Petroleum, with the assistance of a very capable staff.

Allen’s father, Roy, who is highly respected in racing circles for his knowledge and ability to build winning motors, and his wife, Revonda, reside in a home that is next door to the shop where all the racing secrets of the team are housed, and where many long hours are devoted to providing that extra advantage to their top-ranked motors and race cars.

For more information on Allen Johnson and the J&J Racing Team, visit AllenJohnson.com.