Country/rock collective Parmalee recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. The band discussed their new album, Feels Like Carolina, and hearing their hit "Carolina" on the radio for the first time, among other topics.
"We wanted to keep this album fun. We want people to smile when they listen to it," said lead vocalist/guitarist Matt Thomas. "It's just a good smooth ride of fun songs and some pretty love songs, kind of like [North] Carolina."
Parmalee — comprising brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (drums), cousin Barry Knox (bass) and Josh McSwain (guitar) — cite artists such as the Allman Brothers, Travis Tritt and Bob Seger among their influences. The group's name is derived from Parmele, N.C., a small town where they began rehearsing. In 2012 Parmalee released their debut single, "Musta Had A Good Time," which cracked the Billboard 200.
Released on Dec. 10, Feels Like Carolina features 12 tracks, including "Musta Had A Good Time" and "Carolina," which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart.
Parmalee are currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through July 2014.
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