Parmalee to perform at Willow Creek Winery Friday

Country music fans will want to make it out to Willow Creek Winery this upcoming weekend. Parmalee, with special guests The Heritage and Everett Lee and the Underground Stampede, will perform at the winery as part of the Jammin’ at the Creek concert series.

They are best known for their recent number one single “Carolina” from the album “Feels like Carolina.”

Parmalee lead singer Matt Thomas said the band has never been to Western New York, but has been to other places throughout the state. Thomas said the band loves small towns.

“You always relate to how people show up and how they live. It’s always fun. You kind of compare it to similar places back home,” he said in a phone interview with the OBSERVER.

The band is from Parmele, N.C. Along with Thomas, the band is comprised of his brother Scott, cousin Barry Knox and childhood friend Josh McSwain.

Although McSwain is not related, he is considered family now, according to Thomas. He said working with family is a great way to learn about each other.

“We have the same goal. … You learn to work with each other and learn when to get out of the way when it’s time,” he said.

Their single “Carolina” has been certified gold in sales and is the longest climbing single by a duo or group. Parmalee was also the first multi-member country act to get a number one single on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts since Florida Georgia Line. Thomas said just to reach a number one single was an accomplishment.

“It’s really awesome. Just getting a number one (single) was a lifelong goal for us. We’re stoked about that. It’s crazy,” he said.

Thomas said he and the band respect the amount of success Florida Georgia Line has had in such a short time. He said it’s neat to see how that band has evolved from playing small clubs to the huge success they have had. Other musical acts Thomas respects and looks up to include the Zac Brown Band, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney.

The video for the band’s next single, “Close Your Eyes” will be released within the next month. Parmalee is currently on tour with Jake Owen and plays headlining shows, like the one in Silver Creek, when not performing with Owen. Thomas said the band is always writing music and looking forward to the future.

While on tour, Thomas said the best part is traveling and visiting new areas.

“Going to see all these different places in the country you never knew existed or you never know if the music didn’t take us there,” he said. “Having an opportunity to see all these places is really cool.”

Tickets for the concert are $20 advance sale or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from Willow Creek’s box office or www.tickets.com. Gates open at 5 p.m., and camping is available. Concertgoers can expect loud guitars, a three-part harmony and a good time, Thomas said.

“We want everybody to have fun, sing along and leave with a smile on their face,” he said. “It’s going to be fun, I promise you. We have ‘New York’ in our number one single, so you have got to come.”

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