The last time The Band Perry performed in Savannah, they were following Tim McGraw on his "Emotional Traffic" tour. That was almost three years ago.
On March 7, the brother-sister trio from Jackson, Miss., hit the stage at the Savannah Civic Center to play the last show of their first headlining world tour, "We are Pioneers."
Up-and-comer Lindsay Ell hit the stage first with her signature purple electric guitar and a crowd-pleasing mix of country and rock.
While the singer/songwriter was able to solicit a few cheers for her original country tunes, it was her country-fied version of "American Woman" that brought the crowd to its feet.
Ell's strong vocals and mad guitar skills show promise, and I wouldn't be surprised to see her return in another three years with her own headlining tour.
Country newcomer Easton Corbin hit the stage next. He opened with the crowd-favorite title track from his sophomore album "All Over the Road," and I was taken back to a 1993 summer concert at the former Dallas Starplex featuring country superstar George Strait.
His sound is pure country and he adds a touch of Jimmy Buffet's Caribbean party sound to reflect his Florida roots.
He played his new single from his upcoming third album, "Clockwork," but the crowd went crazy for his No. 1 single "A Little More Country Than That."
Headliners and country music superstars The Band Perry took the stage and the production and sound for the show was spot-on - a rare feat for a Civic Center concert.
The stage was decked out with three super-sized video screens with three platforms to spotlight each member of the trio, which made for a fun show, but it was the music that took the center stage.
Starting off the set with their top-charting single "DONE" from their newest album "Pioneer," the group set the tone for a high-energy crowd-pleasing performance.
Kimberly Perry's voice is reminiscent of a young Ann Wilson as she belted out powerhouse vocals with "You Lie," "Chainsaw," and "Don't Let Me Be Lonely."
The crowd got to see a playful side of the band with the intro of the self-confidence boosting "I'm a Keeper," where Reid Perry poked fun at his long-hair rocker look and Neil Perry proclaimed he put the "man" in "mandolin."
While their sister has the voice, the brothers definitely have solid music skills to back her up on a world stage.
The show did hit an oddly solemn moment when Kimberly talked about the meaning behind the title "Pioneer." She said their family had strong patriotic beliefs from their childhood in Mississippi and an American flag was walked on stage while a man played the "Star Spangled Banner" on his fiddle while the flag was set on stage in the spotlight. The band led the crowd in "Amazing Grace" and after several shouts of "Amen!" "God bless America!" and "Yee-ha" the show got back on track with party music and beers waving in the air.
The band kicked back up with a cover of Kesha and Pit Bull's pop hit "Timber" and Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls" with little brother Neil singing killer vocals.
The encore was a no-brainer with their top hits "If I Die Young" and "Better Dig Two," but the band finished strong with a more than pleased crowd.
I wouldn't be surprised if this goes down as the best Civic Center concert of 2014.