The sibling trio teamed up with their idol on her 1996 hit single “Strawberry Wine” for the Academy of Country Music’s Superstar Duets special, and the occasion marked a full-circle milestone for The Band Perry.
“I think if I could go back to my eighth grade self and say, ‘Hey, you know, you’re gonna get to play this with the Deana Carter in a stadium like, in a few years from now’ — more than a few — I don’t know that I would have even believed myself,” Kimberly Perry gushed to ET backstage, just before taking the stage with Carter. “It was definitely a special moment when I heard ‘Strawberry Wine’ and I was like, ‘If that’s what country music sounds like, then that’s what I wanna do,’ and so it’s been a real special song for the three of us, for sure.”
Reid Perry recalled performing the song in the early days of their career, “when we were playing the midnight shift,” while Carter was pleasantly surprised at the group’s enthusiasm for her song.
“Oh, I freaked,” Carter confessed, recalling the moment the band asked her to sing the song with them. “Just to perform with them is the big treat because they’re so talented and sing amazing and play great, and the fact that they wanted to do ‘Strawberry Wine’ was incredible.”
From there, the interview just turned to a big ol’ love-fest! Watch the video above to see the quartet gush over each other, and for a sneak peek of their performance.
The Band Perry also spilled some details about their Pioneer follow-up, which they say is “dangerously close” to completion.
“We call it the best album yet that we’ve written, just because we’re really excited about it,” said Reid. “We’ve taken a good while to write this album. I think we’re 90 percent done, Kimberly thinks it’s more 75 percent, but either way we’re getting dangerously close.”
Following the success of singles like “Chainsaw” and “Done,” the group says to expect a more uptempo album this time around.
“The three of us are really energetic live. When we perform, we leave it all out on stage, and I think this music represents that the best than any of the other stuff we’ve written so far,” said Neil. “The beats are really cool and I think we’ll get a few people dancing.”
You can see The Band Perry and Deana Carter put a fresh spin on “Strawberry Wine” on ACM Presents: Superstar Duets, airing Friday, May 15, on CBS.