PARMALEE STEPS INTO THE GRAND OLE OPRY CIRCLE THIS PAST FRIDAY, MARCH 1st
Back row (L-R): Scott Thomas (Parmalee), Josh McSwain (Parmalee), Drew Bland (KMLE), Mark Anderson (WDSY), Jon Loba (EVP, BBR Music Group), Chris Loss (VP Promotion, Stoney Creek Records), Fletcher Keyes (WWQM), Barry Knox (Parmalee), Matt Thomas (Parmalee)
Front Row (L-R): Samantha Borenstein (West Coast Regional, SCR), Abi Durham (NE Regional, SCR), Jen Joe (Midwest Regional, SCR)
(Nashville, TN)- Stoney Creek Records’ Parmalee achieved a lifetime milestone this past Friday night when it graced the Grand Ole Opry stage and stepped into the circle for the very first time in the band’s career.
At one point in the unforgettable evening, lead vocalist Matt Thomas charmed the crowd when he mentioned that several of the band member’s families, including their grandmothers, had made the 12-hour trek from North Carolina through the snow storms to see them make their Opry debut. It was an emotional moment on stage, and it was clear that the audience truly connected as the sounds of cheering and applause filled the room.
Parmalee is a family band comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (Lead Vocals/Guitar and Drums, respectively), cousin Barry Knox (Bass) and life-long best friend Josh McSwain (Guitar).
Influenced by such musical heavyweights as the Allman Brothers, Travis Tritt and Bob Seger, the band’s name is derived from the small town of Parmele, NC (population 262), which is home to a gas station, two blinking yellow lights and a small tin-roofed barn dubbed Studio B where the band practiced on every given evening.
Cutting their teeth on the Southeastern touring circuit and known for their fun-loving live shows, the members of Parmalee endured a tumultuous journey to Nashville which included dangerous pit stops, catastrophic weather and a near-fatal robbery that would have torn most bands apart. Instead, Parmalee’s deep Country roots, intense motivation, and band-of-brothers sense of dedication brought the tight-knit crew even closer together.
The group’s debut single, “Musta Had A Good Time” hit Top 40 last year at Country radio and was voted as the #1 song on Sirius XM The Highway’s “The Hot 30 Live” countdown for four consecutive weeks. The single has now surpassed 130,000 download sold. “Musta Had A Good Time” placed #7 in the Top 10 Country Dance Hits of 2012 (Marco Club Connection). Additionally, the song has been featured in national sporting event broadcasts for the PGA and MLB.
Parmalee recently released the second single off its upcoming album for Stoney Creek Records, “Carolina.” The single was the #2 Most Added at Country radio behind superstar Kenny Chesney.
“Carolina” is available now on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/Carolina-Single