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Parmalee: ‘For You’ – Album Review

Parmalee’s highly anticipated album For You, out today, July 30, featuring thirteen brand new tracks. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new music.

Fans have been awaiting platinum-selling country band, Parmalee’s next full-length project, since the release of their number one single with Blanco Brown “Just The Way.” Today, Parmalee officially released their brand new album For You, featuring thirteen great tracks.

Pushing the boundaries of country music, Parmalee manages to infuse southern storytelling with pop hooks and urban influences throughout the project. The record kicks off with the ultimate love song “Only You.” A ballad, the track will make any listener swoon with romance.

“I love the way your accent comes out when you’re talking to your mama // how you act like you don’t know you’re hot in your pajamas // and the way that you kiss me when I’m drinking whiskey with you // I love the way that we take it downtown on Fridays // easy on them Sundays”

Romance is a clear trend on the new record. Similar to “Only You,” Parmalee wears their hearts on their sleeves on songs like “Take My Name” and “Backroad Girl.” The former is all about finding the one and wanting to wife them up. The latter is a fun-loving country song. It definitely has radio appeal. “I Do” also showcases that romantic element, but with more urban influences. Parmalee tries to win over a girl on the sweet track.

“Just The Way”, featuring one of our current favorites, Blanco Brown, sits in the second spot on the track-list. The song found its way to the number one spot on the charts back in March and for good reason. Written by Matt Thomas, Kevin Bard, and Nolan Sipe, “Just The Way” is a song that encourages acceptance and loving people for who they are.”

Similarly, “Greatest Hits” is another song that boasts equality amongst the music industry. The country band sings about how we as people collect music over the course of life. Written as a love song, the real story is the love song to music as the soundtrack to our lives.

“Falling in love to your mixtape // Got your country from your hometown // Hip-hop from your college crowd // and rock and roll from your daddy’s old 45s // Got your Motown from your mama’s soul //Makes me want to hold you close”

Parmalee also leans into how it feels to lose the one you love on vulnerable songs, “Miss You Now,” and “Forget You.” “Miss You Now” tells the story of a broken relationship, recounting all those moments you wish you could relive or redo. The song is painful, yet relatable. “Forget You,” featuring Avery Anna is equally as thought-provoking. The song depicts how it feels to be in the furrows of heartbreak in a raw and emotive way.

Finally, the band makes the transition from raw emotion to fun and live-show-ready songs with the last two tracks on the record, “I’ll Take The Chevy” and the title track “For You.” Though slower-paced, “For You” is the ‘thank you’ letter to fans camouflaged as a love song. It is the perfect song to end the album with. 

“We feel most authentic and our best as a band when we feel like we’re having a conversation with the audience. That’s what we really narrowed in on for this album and leaned into what makes Parmalee sound like Parmalee—it’s all based on our connection to the fans,” said the band’s Matt Thomas in a recent press release. “For You is an album for the fans — the ones who’ve supported us for years, and the new ones we’re getting to know every day.”

It is safe to say that Parmalee accomplished their goal with this record. Each song feels distinctively them and comes with its own unique flavor. Kudos to Parmalee for their record!

FOR YOU Tracklist:

  1. “For You” – (Matt Thomas, David Fanning, Justin Wilson)
  2. “Just the Way” – (Matt Thomas, Kevin Bard, Nolan Sipe)
  3.  “Backroad Girl” – (Matt Thomas, Tommy Cecil, Blake Bollinger, Brinley Addington)
  4. “Take My Name” – (Matt Thomas, Ashley Gorely, David Fanning, Ben Johnson)
  5. “I Do” – (Tyler Hubbard, Matt Thomas, Corey Crowder, David Fanning)
  6. “Miss You” – (Michael Tyler, Matthew McGinn, David Fanning)
  7. “Greatest Hits (feat. Fitz)” – (Matt Thomas, Kevin Bard, Nolan Sipe, Andrew Goldstein, Michael Fitzpatrick)
  8. “Better With You” – (Matt Thomas, Ashley Gorely, David Fanning)
  9. “Forget You – (feat. Avery Anna)” (Matt Thomas, Shane Minor, David Fanning, Thomas Archer)
  10. “Alone Like That” – (Matt Thomas, Tommy Cecil, David Fanning, James McNair)
  11. “I See You” – (Matt Thomas, David Fanning, Justin Wilson, Steven McMorran)
  12. “I’ll Take The Chevy” – (Matt Thomas, Josh McSwain, Barry Knox, Zachary Kale, James McNair, Josh Mirenda)
  13. “For You”– (Matt Thomas, Barry Knox, Josh McSwain, Scott Thomas, David Fanning)

NYCS Picks:

  1. “Greatest Hits”
  2. “Just The Way”
  3. “Forget You”
  4. “For You”
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Parmalee’s new album ‘FOR YOU’ is out now, July 30th

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FOR YOU is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Parmalee Scores #1 Song with “Just The Way” featuring Blanco Brown

Parmalee’s “Just The Way” featuring Blanco Brown earns them number one song as the tune hits the top spot on the country charts this week.

It has been seven years, since country band, Parmalee found themselves at the top of the charts with “Carolina.” Now, their smash hit with fellow artist and friend, Blanco Brown, “Just The Way” revitalized their career and exponentially grew their prospective fanbase. Today the upbeat song found its way to the top of the country charts, marking Brown’s first number one on country radio.

Written by Matt Thomas, Kevin Bard, and Nolan Sipe, “Just The Way” is a song that encourages acceptance and loving people for who they are. Boasting equality, it is refreshing to see a song like this take the number one spot on the charts. The song shares the impossible task of being perceived as perfect on social media and to society, adding that flaws are really what makes us human.

“I love you just the way God made you // Girl, he don’t make mistakes // What you call your imperfections // I call beautiful, babe // So let my eyes be your mirror // And you’re bound to see it too // ‘Cause I was made for loving // Just the way God made you”

Parmalee and Brown take turns singing their prospective verses. During the chorus and bridge, the band and singer show how effortless their voices mesh together, as well as, how incredibly talented they all are.

Congrats to Parmalee and Brown on their hit!

Join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Parmalee and Blanco Brown announcements and releases.

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“Just The Way” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Parmalee and Blanco Brown Duet on “Just The Way”

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Good friends Parmelee and Blanco Brown just released their song “Just The Way”, which they first performed on Sunday Night Football this week. It’s a song that is perfect for your weekend playlist, especially if you are having a bad day and need a confidence boost. 

Written by Matt Thomas, Kevin Bard, and Nolan Sipe, “Just the Way” is an upbeat song that encourages accepting and loving people for just the way they are, including their imperfections. Living in a world of social media, many people feel the pressure of having to live a perfect life. Posting the ideal picture, showing off their perfect relationship. However, we all know that no matter how hard you may try, no one is perfect. This song is a reminder that it is okay to have flaws and 

“I love you just the way God made you\ Girl, he don’t make mistakes\ What you call your imperfections\ I call beautiful babe\ So let my eyes be your mirror\ And you’re bound to see it too\’Cause I was made for loving you\ Just the way God made you”

Parmalee starts out the song with Brown coming in during the second verse. How they all come together during the chorus and bridge really highlights how well their voices mesh.  We could listen to them sing together all day.

“Just the Way”  is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’  playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

To keep up with Blanco Brown follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

To keep up with Parmalee follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Parmalee Reaches Milestone with “Country Dictionary” Series

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Country music band, Parmalee, comprised of brothers, Matt and Scott Thomas, as well as, their cousin Barry Knox, and friend, Josh McSwain have reached a milestone last week. Back in 2017, the band created a fun and quirky YouTube series, geared towards explaining their home town phrases, entitled ‘Country Dictionary,’ releasing their 100th episode just yesterday.

Hailing from North Carolina, the boys have a unique vocabulary of words and phrases otherwise known as, ‘Parmalism,’ that they use to communicate with each other over the years, all stemming from their upbringing. The band gives credit to their southern roots, as well as, their family members for the creation of their colloquial native language (Parmalism).

The band excitedly announced their accomplishment via their twitter, encouraging followers to check out their 100th episode. “100 EPISODES!!! Tell your friends, tell your neighbors!! & we’re just gettin started!! We’ve heard em all and we putting them all here together on #countrydictionary#parmalisms (need a good laugh? see every episode by clicking the hashtags or our YouTube channel).”

Through its 100 episodes, Parmalee’s “Country Dictionary” series has taught us the meaning of the words, “wollered,” “crackhawk,” and “mash,” as well as, the phrase, “hawg maui” and “sausage fingers,” among many others. For the 100th installment video, Thomas, Thomas, Knox, and McSwain introduce us to the verb “hoodoo,” defining it as similar to being scammed or tricked.

Check out the humorous video below. Who knows, you might learn some other North Carolina slang in the process.

Keep up with the fun-loving Parmalee’s youtube series here, as well as, on Twitter and Instagram. When it comes to music, the men continue to play shows throughout the country. Head to parmalee.com to check out their tour schedule, and see if they’re playing a show near you soon.

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NYCS First Impression: Parmalee Releases Deluxe Party Pack EP

Our Swag Spotlight Parmalee‘s latest release features four songs that were on their album, 27681 however available today, they have repackaged them for a brand new EP for this summer season.  Included is their latest single “Hotdamalama” as well as “Day Drinkin'”, “Musta Had a Good Time” and “Mimosas” making this collection of songs the perfect soundtrack for your summer.

“We love bringing people together for a good time and we hope they’ll smile, sing along, and raise one up,” says Matt Thomas in a recent press release. “That’s what this Party Pack is all about.”  The two new songs close out the EP, “Last Night” and “These are the Good Days”.  The tracks fit in with the rest of the project, rounding out the quintessential, roll your windows down and turn it up loud.

Listen to the new music below and for a list of tour dates and more information, head to www.parmalee.com

 

 

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NYCS Swag Spotlight: Parmalee

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This week’s Swag Spotlight shines on a band that has been together since 2001, Parmalee.  Brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, as well as their cousin Barry Knox and friend, Josh McSwain, moved to Nashville from North Carolina in 2011 to pursue their dreams of being a country music band.   “I think that country is just a part of who we are, we sort of landed there because we were kind of the band that nobody could pinpoint who we were,” Matt Thomas says in a recent chat with New York Country Swag.   “We were always a little too country for rock and too rock for country and too country for pop, it was always kind of blurred lines for us, so it was just a natural progression of where we needed to be.”  He explained that when Jason Aldean, Big and Rich, and Eric Church started making there mark on the genre, they felt they added a similar edge to the traditional music that had been popular in country for so long.

When discussing their influences growing up, Matt laughs and says “honestly everything”.  “Our dad brought us up on soul, blues, and southern country, but also a lot of rock and roll and my mom listened to whatever pop music was out. There was a classic rock radio station back home, that was a staple, it was always a lot of soul rock and roll and country music.”  Now the band explains they are fans of good songs and great melodies, no matter the genre. At any given time you can find them listening to jazz music, or a Frank Sinatra album.  Scott will play the new Chris Stapleton record or even listen to pop music.

Their latest album, 27861 which is also their hometown zip code was released last summer on Stoney Creek Records. They decided to name the album after their hometown because that zip code had been essential to them coming together as a band and represents their roots. They even all have the numbers tattooed on their arms. The album features a collaboration of incredible Nashville songwriters including Rodney Clawson, Tom Douglas, Andrew Dorff and lead singer of Parmalee Matt Thomas.  Writing with those legendary writers, Thomas tells us “I love those guys, there are so many talented people in Nashville that you just have to soak it all in, learn more about people and I think I’ve learned to listen and know what people do best, it’s a very unique, crazy cool thing. ”

Thomas discussed narrowing down over forty songs down to twelve and how they made those decisions. “You want hits the band loves and wants to put on there, what your fans want, and what radio is going to want to play, what is going to help for the live show,” he told us. Looking to the future the band is gearing up to play some festivals and shows across the country this summer and are excited to announce their next single very soon.

Follow along on the band’s social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For full tour dates head to www.parmalee.com

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