Ex-Elms guitarist Thom Daugherty tours with The Band Perry

Thom Daugherty (former guitar player for The Elms) took a gig touring with The Band Perry, a new country music sibling group. The band, including Daugherty, appeared on ABC’s “The View” last week. Signed to Republic Nashville in summer 2009, the group has released a pair of songs to radio, and the second, “If I Die Young”, went to #1 on the country radio chart this summer.

That’s the song they played on the show.

The sister, Kimberly Perry, fronts the band with her two brothers: Reid and Neil. Kimberly has a huskier Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) voice, and a bit of Miranda Lambert sass. It’s pretty good country radio pop. I like the first single, “Hip to My Heart”, better than the song that went to the top of the chart.

On the show, Daugherty lent backing guitar, and popped out once late in the song (at the 2:49 mark) with a nice seven-second (hey, it’s TV; everything is tightened up) gritty mini-solo. Best little piece of the song. And good for Daugherty, who has also been working on his production chops in addition to taking some of these side gigs.

One more note:
The Band Perry’s self-titled debut album that came out in October 2010 was produced by Paul Worley, who won a couple Grammy’s doing the same thing for the first two Dixie Chicks albums.

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