By Bobbi Prentice
In the last several years Kuna has been a stopping spot for many up and coming Nashville acts on their way to stardom. From Craig Campbell and Chase Rice to Randy Houser, Chris Cagle and Gloriana, Nashville’s finest have found their way to our little community. To continue with that tradition, the Nashville band, Parmalee, will be making its stop in Kuna next week.
Parmalee brings a country rock sound that has roots in bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues. Their unique sound comes from watching and listening to their own families play. Brothers Matt and Scott Thomas are the band’s originators. They integrated their own style into what they learned listening to their dad’s band while growing up. Their cousin, Barry Knox, soon joined in and their longtime friend, Josh McSwain, rounded out the four and in 2001 Parmalee was born.
This North Carolina band brought their brand of country to Nashville and set up shop in an RV parked in a Comfort Inn parking lot. Using that RV as not just their home, but also their studio, they began writing material, networking and working their way up the Nashville ladder.
They recorded hits “Carolina” and “Musta Had a Good Time” in the studio with New Voice who played the songs for BBR Music Group President/CEO Benny Brown. Brown was impressed and asked to see a showcase. Parmalee was doing a short tour in North Carolina at the time to fund this trip back to Nashville when they almost got knocked off the ladder.
On September 21, 2010, after a show, Matt and Scott were outside of a venue loading their RV when two armed men interrupted them. The men put a gun to Matt’s head and demanded money. Shots were fired and Scott, who possessed a concealed weapons license, fired back. One of the gunmen died and Scott was shot three times. He almost bled to death and spent 35 days in the hospital. Fans turned out in droves to show their support, even raising enough money to cover his medical bills. By February 2011, Scott was back behind the drums and they finally got the chance to impress Benny Brown. They nailed it.
Their hard work has paid off. Country fans voted the band’s debut single, “Musta Had a Good Time”, #1 for 4 consecutive weeks on the top 40 and they were hand picked to preform on the 4th Annual American Country Awards. Parmalee recently made history when its multi-week #1 smash “Carolina” became the longest climbing single by a duo or group in the 24-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay.
Parmalee’s debut country album, FEELS LIKE CAROLINA, has earned critical praise from People, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, Billboard and more. A 2014 semi-finalist for the Academy of Country Music’s coveted “New Artist of the Year” award, Parmalee recently joined one of country’s leading male vocalists, Jake Owen, on his Days Of Gold Tour as the band’s new single, “Close Your Eyes” climbs the country radio charts.
9 pm Wednesday, May 21st; Cowgirls. Doors Open at 6 pm. Tickets available at IC Tickets $10.