National American Legion officials and the local American Legion World Series (ALWS) committee announced today that Parmalee, a country music foursome that hailed originally from Parmele, N.C., and now from Nashville, will headline entertainment during the Host City Welcome on Wednesday, Aug. 15, in uptown Shelby.
The Host City Welcome is Shelby’s official welcome to the eight teams that will begin competition the following morning at Shelby High School’s Keeter Stadium for American Legion Baseball’s national championship.
“When we launched the Host City Welcome in 2017, we were so pleased with the response from the players, their parents, national officials and the community that we wanted to continue the event,” says Eddie Holbrook, chairman of the local ALWS committee. “We believe the players will enjoy the music by this up-and-coming band and their work so far makes them top-quality entertainment for our audience.”
The four members of Parmalee are brothers Matt Thomas (lead vocals and guitar) and Scott Thomas (drums), cousin Barry Knox (bass), and family friend Josh McSwain (guitar), a native of Shelby. The brothers began playing in their father’s band when they were teen-agers then formed Parmalee and started touring in 2001, spending years performing hundreds of dates all over the country.
Their popular singles include “Musta Had a Good Time,” “Already Callin’ You Mine” (No. 10 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart), “Close Your Eyes” (No. 4 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart) and “Carolina,” which became a Platinum-certified No. 1 hit.
In 2016, Parmalee was nominated Academy of Country Music’s New Vocal Duo/Group of the year. The group released its sixth studio album, “27861,” in July 2017; it debuted at No. 22 on Billboard’s Top Country Album Chart and sold 3,800 copies the first week. The album has Parmalee’s country-rock sound blended with edges of modern country.
Parmalee has performed on NBC’s “Today” show, “The Late, Late Show” and “FOX and Friends All American Summer Concert Series.” The group will headline the American Country Music Awards after-party in April.