County music act Parmalee to headline Oahe Days Saturday night entertainment

Country music act Parmalee will headline the Saturday night entertainment at the 2020 Oahe Days Arts and Music Festival in Pierre.

Oahe Days chairwoman Nicole Gordon says this year’s activities will be held June 18-20 at Steamboat Park in Pierre.

Comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (lead vocals and drums), cousin Barry Knox (bass) and their best friend Josh McSwain (lead guitar), Parmalee is named after the small town in North Carolina where the band started (population 278).

They formed in 2001 and made their 2013 breakout single, “Carolina,” into a Platinum-certified #1 hit, while their debut album landed in the Top 10. Two more singles (“Close Your Eyes” and “Already Callin’ You Mine”) rose to #3 and #10 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

Both singles from their sophomore album 27861, “Roots” and “Sunday Morning”, enjoyed chart time on Billboard’s Top 40 Country Airplay chart. The band has six singles that have landed Top 40 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

The road to success wasn’t easy for the band and they’ve also had a few setbacks. In 2010, two men attempted to rob the band at gunpoint after a show, which led to Scott being hospitalized for 35 days, 10 of which he spent in a coma, for multiple gun shot wounds. Despite a 5% chance of survival, he pulled through and the band went on to secure a record deal just four months later.

The band’s latest release “Be Alright”, produced by David Fanning, is an emotionally-driven song about hope, knowing that when a relationship is struggling, things will work out for the best in the end.

After decades of friendship and endless days spent on a bus together, the four guys nearly have a language of their own. They’ve even begun sharing some of their original vocabulary with fans through a hilarious video series called “Parmalisms,” which shows off their fun-loving nature and routinely leaves their 580,000+ fans in stitches. “Parmalisms” recently celebrated its 100th Episode.