Feels Like Carolina

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Feels Like Carolina
Studio album by Parmalee
Released December 10, 2013 (2013-12-10)
Genre Country
Length 40:29
Label Stoney Creek
Producer New Voice Entertainment
Parmalee chronology
Feels Like Carolina
Singles from Feels Like Carolina
  1. "Musta Had a Good Time"
    Released: July 9, 2012
  2. "Carolina"
    Released: February 4, 2013
  3. "Close Your Eyes"
    Released: February 3, 2014
  4. "Already Callin' You Mine"
    Released: February 2, 2015

Feels Like Carolina is the major label debut album by American country music group Parmalee. It was released on December 10, 2013 via Stoney Creek Records.[1] The album features twelve songs, including the singles "Musta Had a Good Time", "Carolina", "Close Your Eyes" and "Already Callin' You Mine".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Country Weekly B-[4]
Digital Journal 4.5/5 stars[5]
Got Country Online 4.5/5 stars[6]
Newsday B+[7]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[8]

Feels Like Carolina garnered generally positive reception by music critics. Joseph Hudak of Country Weekly gave the album a B- grade, praising the lyrics by saying that "While the album draws liberally from the country pool of shopworn images…the guys…have a knack for making them their own." He thought that the songs written by the band members were the strongest tracks, but criticized the "prevailingly generic sound".[4] At USA Today, Brian Mansfield rated the album two-and-a-half out of four stars, feeling that "these guys are a throwback to bands that fleshed out melodies and tight harmonies and classic rock guitar riffs."[8] Glenn Gamboa of Newsday gave the album a B+ grade, calling the album "well-crafted".[7] At Allmusic, Steve Leggett rated the album four out of five stars, noting the release "shows a band that, at its best, combines gritty Southern garage rock with lead singer Matt Thomas' pure country vocals."[3] Markos Papadatos of Digital Journal rated the album four-and-a-half out of five stars, affirming that the release was "solid from start to finish."[5] At Got Country Online, Tara Toro rated the album four-and-a-half out of five stars, stating that as a listener, they "can listen to from start to finish."[6] Matt Bjorke wrote an unrated review of the album, writing that the album "showcases a tight band with a strong ear for melodies and lyrics which suit the same part of the genre which is also home to Eric Church and Jason Aldean, among others."[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Musta Had a Good Time"   Matt Thomas, Scott Thomas, Josh McSwain, Barry Knox, David Fanning 3:35
2. "Day Drinkin'"   M. Thomas, Blair Daly 3:14
3. "Move"   Arlis Albriton, Brandon Kinney, Ben Daniel 3:19
4. "Close Your Eyes"   Adam Craig, Trent Tomlinson, Shane Minor 3:34
5. "Dance"   M. Thomas, Knox, Tommy Cecil, Landis Frier 3:12
6. "Carolina"   M. Thomas, S. Thomas, McSwain, Knox, Rick Beato 3:21
7. "Think You Oughta Know That"   M. Thomas, Jason Sever, Rachel Thibodeau 3:04
8. "Back in the Day"   Chris Janson, Jaron Boyer, Ben Stennis, Preston Brust 3:17
9. "My Montgomery"   Kyle Jacobs, Ben Glover, Randy Montana 4:07
10. "Already Callin' You Mine"   M. Thomas, S. Thomas, Knox, Phil O'Donnell, Wade Kirby 3:04
11. "I'll Bring the Music"   Keith Anderson, Craig Wiseman 3:23
12. "Another Day Gone"   M. Thomas, S. Thomas, McSwain, Knox, Bobby Pinson 3:19

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

The album debuted on Billboard 200 at No. 46 with sales of 14,000.[10] The album has sold 91,200 copies in the U.S as of February 2015.[11]

Chart (2013) Peak
US Billboard 200[12] 46
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[13] 10
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[14] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[15] 66
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[16] 45


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Country
2012 "Musta Had a Good Time" 42 38
2013 "Carolina" 2 1 36 12 53
2014 "Close Your Eyes" 11 4 69 16 93
2015 "Already Callin' You Mine"A 41 32
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ACurrent single.[22]


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  3. ^ a b Leggett, Steve. "Feels Like Carolina – Parmalee". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Hudak, Joseph (9 December 2013). "Reviews: Feels Like Carolina". Country Weekly 20 (49): 51. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  5. ^ a b Papadatos, Marcos (December 9, 2013). "Review: Country group Parmalee soars on new album 'Feels Like Carolina'". Digital Journal. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Toro, Tara (November 26, 2013). "ALBUM REVIEW: Parmalee "Feels Like Carolina"". Got Country Online. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Gamboa, Glenn (December 6, 2013). "Parmalee's 'Feels Like Carolina' review: Well-crafted debut". Newday. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (December 9, 2013). "Listen Up: Childish Gambino, Parmalee". USA Today. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ Bjorke, Matt (December 8, 2013). "Album Review: Parmalee - Feels Like Carolina". Roughstock. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ Bjorke, Matt (December 18, 2013). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of December 18, 2013: Garth Brooks, Duck Dynasty, Cassadee Pope, Parmalee, & Scotty McCreery". Roughstock. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  11. ^ Matt Bjorke (February 4, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For February 4, 2015". Roughstock.  Sales figure give here
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