On July 5, country-rock group Parmalee chatted in-person with me on their tour bus after their “Freedom Fest” concert in Farmingville, New York, that was presented by “My Country 96.1 FM.”
On performing at “Freedom Fest,” lead singer Matt Thomas stated, “It feels as if we were back home in Carolina playing in the coast. It has the same temperatures and the same humidity, but it’s a great crowd. It is really cool to see the fans, especially coming from so far from home.”
Josh McSwain added, “Everybody out there was dancing and singing along. What a great event.”
Regarding their new radio single “Carolina,” Matt remarked, “It’s the one song that embodies us as a complete group. Obviously, we are from Carolina but anybody can relate to this song from anywhere. It’s the best feeling in the world when people from all over the country are singing it back to you, since you cannot buy connection, it just happens naturally.”
They are signed to Stoney Creek Records, and the band loves being a part of that musical family. “It’s actually cool since the label feels like a family and we are a family band. We feel right at home, so it is awesome,” Barry Knox said.
Their music has been raved about by such female country vocalists from Carolina as Julie Roberts and Madonna Nash. “It was great to have people like that to be supportive of the band and to be able to branch out like that and have the respect of your peers is really cool,” Scott Thomas said.
On their future plans, Scott noted that they are working on finishing their new EP. “We just did a video for ‘Carolina’ so the EP is important since we are trying to get new music out for the people.”
Matt noted that their newest video for “Carolina” was released a few weeks ago. “It was a great artistic take and the directors did a great job on the video,” he said.
Barry added, “We are also touring extensively and we are playing all over the country in new towns. It’s kind of a whirlwind right now since we are doing so much travelling, but it’s a great way to see the country. We are actually leaving the country soon for the first time ever and we are going to play in Canada.”
To learn more about Parmalee and their music, visit their official website.