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Parmalee CumberlandCountyFair 2012.jpg
Parmalee performing live for WKML 95.7 at the Cumberland County Fair on September 11, 2012.
Background information
OriginParmele, North Carolina, United States
GenresCountry, rock[1][2]
Years active2001 (2001)–present
LabelsStoney Creek
Associated actsNew Voice Entertainment
MembersBarry Knox
Josh McSwain
Matt Thomas
Scott Thomas

Parmalee is an American country music band consisting of brothers Matt Thomas (lead vocals, guitar) and Scott Thomas (drums), along with their cousin Barry Knox (bass) and Josh McSwain (guitar), who is a best friend since childhood. They are signed to the Stoney Creek division of Broken Bow Records and have charted on Country Airplay.


Early years[edit]

Prior to the formation of Parmalee, Matt and Scott performed with their father in a group entitled Jerry Thomas and the Thomas Brothers Band. When their father retired, they wanted to continue playing music so they started Parmalee, consisting of Matt and Scott Thomas, Josh McSwain, and Barry Knox.[3] Their first EP was titled Daylight. The band drew attention from producer David Bendeth of RCA. Bendeth invited them to record three songs at Water Music Studios in Hoboken, New Jersey, which led to a publishing deal with Los Angeles-based Windswept Publishing. Then came an invitation from Bendeth to record the remainder of the 12 songs that comprise the band's full-length debut album, Inside. Following the release, Parmalee spent nearly 2 years touring and promoting their album.

Parmalee also released a live acoustic album entitled Unplugged and a documentary-style DVD, Inside Live. In 2006, they went to Los Angeles to begin recording with producer Stevo Bruno. They split their time between touring the East Coast and recording in California. They recorded the majority of the tracks in Los Angeles (Nikki Sixx, bassist of Mötley Crüe, collaborated with Parmalee on several tracks, both writing and producing), then travelled to Nashville to write, produce, and mix the remainder of the record with producer Kevin Beamish. Parmalee released the EP Complicated in 2008.


In September 2010, they were the victims of an attempted robbery.[4] They had just finished playing at The Money, a local bar in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and were in their RV when two suspects, Dytavis Hinton and Demario Burris, entered the vehicle with a handgun demanding money. At this time, drummer Scott Thomas came out from the back of the bus with his own gun and told them to leave. The gunman, Burris, opened fire and Scott was shot in the leg, stomach, and shoulder.[5] Returning fire, both suspects were hit, with Burris being killed and Hinton wounded. Thomas was in critical condition after the gunshot wound and was hospitalized in Charlotte, North Carolina for 35 days, 10 of which he spent in a coma.[4][6] By May 2011, Scott was well enough to get behind a drum kit for the first time and the band finally performed their promised label showcase.

Stoney Creek Records[edit]

While in Nashville, Parmalee met David Fanning from New Voice Entertainment at Sound Stage Studios. Alongside him the band recorded their hit "Musta Had a Good Time" in the back of their RV. The song led to both their production and record deals.[7]

The inspiration for "Musta Had a Good Time" came right from their own lives. When the band formed, they all moved into the same house and parties happened almost every night. Scott clarifies: "I can say the car wasn't in the pool. My friend drove his truck into a small creek. That actually happened. We had to get a tractor to pull it out." And when they shot the video, another party broke out until the owner of the house where the video was being shot asked them to leave. The band got kicked out of their own video shoot.[8] "'Musta Had a Good Time' describes that one epic party that all of us have either been to -- or hope to go to -- at some point in our lives," says Matt. "It's that one party that becomes a legend in a small town. The response that we get from fans when we play this song live is crazy -- the fans know all the words and everyone's dancing, and it becomes a party on stage and in the crowd. We're finding out that there's a lot of people out there who really like to have a good time." [9]

In June 2012, the band was featured as a Billboard "Bubbling Under" [10] artist. A live performance video for the song debuted on AOL's in July 2012 [11] and the music video debuted in August 2012.[12]

They were featured as Clear Channel's NEW! Artist to Watch (Country)[13] and the song was picked as one of's Top 15 Songs of Summer.[14] "Taste of Country" gave the single two stars out of five.[15]

Their second Stoney Creek single, "Carolina", was released to country radio on February 4, 2013. It reached Number One on the Country Airplay chart in December 2013. The band's first album on the label, Feels Like Carolina, was released on December 10, 2013. "Close Your Eyes" and "Already Callin' You Mine" were issued as the album's third and fourth singles, and both were top 10 hits on the Country Airplay chart.

"Roots" was released in late 2016 and served as the lead-off single to their second studio album via Stone Creek, 27861, which was released July 21, 2017. It and "Sunday Morning" were minor top 40 hits for the band.


Parmalee's "Day Drinkin'" was featured second in Twisted Tea's two-part commercial series, "Unwind With a Twist." The commercial aired on February 16, 2019 during the Daytona 500.



Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
US Indie
  • Release date: December 3, 2002
  • Label: Deep South
  • Release date: June 15, 2004
  • Label: Deep South
Mildew or Barbecue?
  • Release date: December 14, 2006
  • Label: Deep South
  • Release date: May 27, 2008
  • Label: Deep South
Feels Like Carolina 10 46 5
  • Release date: July 21, 2017
  • Label: Stoney Creek Records
22 146 10
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Country
2012 "Musta Had a Good Time" 42 38 Feels Like Carolina
2013 "Carolina" 2 1 36 12 53
2014 "Close Your Eyes" 11 4 69 16 93
2015 "Already Callin' You Mine" 16 10 91 33
2016 "Roots" 45 35 27861
2017 "Sunday Morning" 39
2018 "Hotdamalama"
2019 "Be Alright" TBD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2012 "Musta Had a Good Time"[28] Wes Edwards
2013 "Carolina" (live)[29] Reid Long
"Carolina"[30] Rhetorik
2014 "Close Your Eyes"[31] Wes Edwards
2016 "Roots"[32] Peter Zavadil
2017 "Sunday Morning" Roger Pistole
2018 "Hotdamalama" Nathan "Karma" Cox
2019 "Be Alright" Tyler Adams


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  30. ^ "CMT : Videos : Parmalee : Carolina". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
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