As one of country’s hottest new acts, the Band Perry siblings – Reid, Kimberly and Neil – are the first to admit their life is pretty great. But glamorous it ain’t. Spending 630 days over the last two years aboard a bus as they travel the country on tour can be described in two words, says Neil: “Perpetual camping.”
Without a shower on board, “I do what’s called a sink shower,” says Kimberly. “And yes, I’ve been known to shave my legs in the sink on the bus, which Reid and Neil are totally not happy about.” “I believe the words you’re looking for are gross and disgusting!” says Neil. “Hey, it’s survival of the fittest out here!” retorts Kimberly.
But despite their occasional complaints, life on the bus is actually a dream come true, say the trio. “Even before we were interested in music, we were interested in tour buses,” says Kimberly. “When we were kids, our parents had gotten a motor home, and every night on vacation we would pull into a campground and there would be all these Prevosts, which is the company that makes souped-up motor homes and buses. And we’d be like, ‘I just want to look in one!'” says Kimberly. “Now here we are, 20 years later, living on one.” Adds Reid: “The three of us have grown up on the road.”
The siblings says their favorite thing about their bus is that they got to design it themselves. “Well, let me correct myself, Kimberly got to enjoy designing it!” quips Neil. Says Kimberly: “Being on the road as much as we are, it was really important that the couches, the walls, the whole bus feel homey.” And despite the close quarters, the group finds there is plenty of room for everyone, which at times includes their parents, Steve and Marie Perry, as well as their 84-year-old grandma Betty Lou. “We bring lots of our friends and family out,” she says. For now the band looks forward to logging some more miles and making some more memories. “It’s our little sanctuary, our apartment on wheels,” says Kimberly. “The bus can be parked in any town, and as soon as we step on it, we’re home.”