Song:Close Your Eyes
Album:Feels Like Carolina
Parmalee has been around for over a decade but are just now having success on the country music charts. I would describe them as country rock with bluegrass roots. They are a family group from Parmele, NC which is near Greenville. They added the extra "e" so the band name would be pronounced properly. Lead singer and guitarist Matt Thomas, his brother Scott Thomas (drums) and cousin Barry Knox (bass) have played together since they were kids in father Jerry Thomas' bluegrass group. When dad retired, the boys added childhood pal Josh McSwain on guitar and performed as The Thomas Brothers. They got a publishing deal and veteran producer David Bendeth signed them to his Deep South label. The band name changed to Parmalee. They recorded an album and two EPs but went nowhere. Then a near tragedy in Sept. 2010. The had just finished a show in Rock Hill, SC and were leaving in their van when two armed robbers approached. Scott Thomas came out of the back of the van with a gun. He was shot and one of the robbers was killed. Scott recovered in 2011. They met producer David Fanning of New Voice Entertainment and he signed Parmalee to Broken Bow's Stoney Creek label. New Voice also produced Thompson Square and all except Fanning are in Jason Aldean's touring band. The single Carolina reached #2 on the Country Singles chart and Close Your Eyes reached #11. The CD Feels Like Carolina did well. Though Parmalee write a lot of their own songs, Close Your Eyes was written by Adam Craig, Trent Tomlinson and Shane Minor. All three guys have recorded solo albums. Parmalee's sound is similar to Florida Georgia Line. And that might be enough to keep them going. Parmalee's is currently on tour and a new single Already Callin' You Mine will be released Feb. 2. A new album can't be far behind. Here's the video for Close Your Eyes by Parmalee.