I thought it only right that I start this blog by writing about my favourite country song at the moment, that being Better Dig Two by The Band Perry, which you may have guessed from the title of this entry! The Band Perry were one of the first bands I heard when I got into country music in February of last year, by virtue of them being the second band featured on the Now That’s What I Call Country 4 CD, the first country album I listened to back in 2012. I wrongly passed it off as too morbid because of the If I Die Young track title, but it’s actually a beautifully written song with moving lyrics such as these: Lord make me a rainbow, I’ll shine down on my mother, She’ll know I’m safe with you when she stands under my colors. Dismissing it so freely also meant I missed out on the gorgeous vocals from singer Kimberly Perry.
Anyway, fast forward to last week and I find myself watching The Band Perry’s latest single, Better Dig Two, on YouTube. I’m not one for watching music videos a great deal, but that’s changed somewhat since my journey into country music began, primarily because they do such a good job with them. Better Dig Two is a fantastically shot video, which along with the song, the me of 12 months ago may have labelled morbid. Au contraire, Better Dig Two is a deceleration of everlasting love, which sees Kimberly bringing more rock than usual, without us losing out on those grand banjo melodies we love. Speaking of that banjo, I love the intro, which I find quite haunting and almost menacing, especially with visuals of the video to compliment it. I can’t get enough of this song – both visually and audibly it’s absolutely brilliant. A fantastic mix of country and rock that can only endear The Band Perry more to their legion of hardcore fans and bring them more cross over appeal from the mainstream music audiences.
My one big complaint is that Better Dig Two is not actually available here in the UK; not on iTunes, Amazon or anywhere I’ve searched. I have sent a tweet to the official Twitter account of The Band Perry requesting it become available to buy in the UK – I’ll just have to wait and see. There is some solace in that it’ll be on their forthcoming second album, Are You With Us, due out April 2nd – in the US at least!
Their first self-titled album seems to have held its price remarkably well and is still selling for £10.06 on Amazon. You can imagine my surprise and delight when I found it in HMV for just £3 yesterday, on sale from the £12 it had been just one day earlier.