Parmalee to perform at Apple Blossom

Parmalee will play their new single "Roots" during at the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival's RAM Truck Country Music Party on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Joseph Llanes

Country music group Parmalee will play their newly released single “Roots” at the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s RAM Truck Country Music Party on Saturday.

The band derived its name from the small town of Parmele near the members’ home in Greenville, North Carolina, but has since relocated to Nashville. Their 2013 single “Carolina” hit platinum and other songs from their debut album such as “Feels Like Carolina” hit high in country music charts in recent years.

“Roots” became available for purchase and streaming on Friday and will hit radio stations on Monday. Lead singer and guitarist Matt Thomas said they’ve been playing it for fans at their shows since late last year. Since then, he said the song has grown and evolved as the group was learning it.

“At a show, people hear it one time, it’s enough for them to kind of get the feel of it,” he said. “We’re fired up to see when people finally get a chance to have it as their own.”

Thomas also said their live shows have been testing grounds for other new songs for an upcoming album, which is tentatively planned for release sometime in the fall.

“We’ve been playing several songs…we’ve been trying them out,” he said. “It’s been so long since we’ve had new material.

“It’s time for new stuff, and we want to make sure we give people as much as we can before the new release.”

Solo artist Sam Grow will open for Parmalee at the festival’s celebration of country music, which begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tolley Dental Tent on Winchester Medical Center’s campus. Besides the show, Thomas also said fans can catch Parmalee playing on a float in the Grand Feature Parade Saturday afternoon. While he said he’s not familiar with the area, he said the band always enjoys meeting new fans.

“We all love to get out and explore,” he said. “Just seeing what’s going on, that’s always fun.”

Thomas said reception for the new tunes has been encouraging thus far, and that fans can look forward to a show with a little bit of everything at the festival.

“We have a comical side, we have a fun side, a serious side…we like to incorporate that all into the show,” he said. “It’s a little bit of everything, but the main point is that everyone has a good time.”


• When: Music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, with doors opening at 7 p.m.
• Where: Tolley Dental Tent on the Winchester Medical Center campus, 1755 North Sector Court,  Winchester.
• Tickets: $25.
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Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or