13 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Parmalee’s major-label debut, Feels Like Carolina, is the work of a road-seasoned band ready for the big time. Named for their North Carolina home base, the quartet play modern country with a pronounced rock accent, giving them considerable crossover potential. Lead singer/guitarist Matt Thomas radiates a natural charisma that combines swagger with a guy-next-door vibe. The band plays with more grit than most mainstream country acts—songs like “Musta Had a Good Time” (a rambunctious post-party anthem) and “I’ll Bring the Music” (a celebration of beer, tunes, trucks, and other good things) deliver plenty of crunchy lead guitar riffage. When Parmalee serves up a ballad like “Think You Oughta Know” or their Top 10 hit “Carolina,” they suggest a heavier version of harmony-driven groups like Lonestar and Rascal Flatts. What’s consistent throughout is a positive attitude about relationships, captured both lyrically and musical in such breezy numbers as “Day Drinkin’” and “Already Callin’ You Mine.” The album’s poignant closer, “Another Day Gone,” reflects on passing time and missed chances.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Parmalee’s major-label debut, Feels Like Carolina, is the work of a road-seasoned band ready for the big time. Named for their North Carolina home base, the quartet play modern country with a pronounced rock accent, giving them considerable crossover potential. Lead singer/guitarist Matt Thomas radiates a natural charisma that combines swagger with a guy-next-door vibe. The band plays with more grit than most mainstream country acts—songs like “Musta Had a Good Time” (a rambunctious post-party anthem) and “I’ll Bring the Music” (a celebration of beer, tunes, trucks, and other good things) deliver plenty of crunchy lead guitar riffage. When Parmalee serves up a ballad like “Think You Oughta Know” or their Top 10 hit “Carolina,” they suggest a heavier version of harmony-driven groups like Lonestar and Rascal Flatts. What’s consistent throughout is a positive attitude about relationships, captured both lyrically and musical in such breezy numbers as “Day Drinkin’” and “Already Callin’ You Mine.” The album’s poignant closer, “Another Day Gone,” reflects on passing time and missed chances.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

221 Ratings

Mostly Good & A Lot Exceptional

loveallkindsofmusic,

There are some really amazing tracks on here, some really good, and a couple of really bad. The good definitely far outweighs the bad.

If you don't want to get the whole cd, then I recommend the following tracks for download:

Already Calling You Mine
Another Day Gone
Day Drinking
Carolina
Close Your Eyes
Think You Oughta Know

Really I like 9/12 songs. I'm sorry but Musta Had a Good Time and I'll Bring the Music really make me cringe. Also not fond of Move, but it might grow on me. Everything else on the CD is really really good or exceptional. So glad iTunes radio helped me find them.

Best new album

Bpeipers314,

This is the best new album of the year it is going to make a lot of Christmases so much better

About Parmalee

Parmalee is a tight-knit Southern country-rock band consisting of brothers Matt Thomas (guitar, vocals) and Scott Thomas (drums), cousin Barry Knox (bass), and childhood friend Josh McSwain (guitar, keyboards), all of whom grew up together near Greenville, North Carolina. The brothers' father had a local band, and by the time they were teenagers, they were a part of it, gigging as Jerry Thomas & the Thomas Brothers Band, and Knox was recruited aboard as well. When the elder Thomas retired from playing, the brothers and cousin continued as the Thomas Brothers Band, working the local bar circuit, where they often crossed paths with guitarist, keyboardist, and longtime friend McSwain, who was in a successful cover band at the time. McSwain sat in with the Thomas Brothers Band one night in 2001 and the rest, as they say, was history. Rechristened Parmalee, the band meshed bluegrass, traditional country, Southern rock, and blues into a crisp, professional country-rock sound, spurred by solid songwriting and the fact that each member was a multi-instrumentalist. An EP, Daylight, appeared in 2002, followed by a full-length, Inside, in 2004. A second EP, Complicated, arrived in 2008. The band next signed with Stoney Creek Records and released a pair of singles, "Musta Had a Good Time" in 2012 and "Carolina" in 2013. Their first album for Stoney Creek, Feels Like Carolina, was released at the end of 2013. ~ Steve Leggett

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