Parmalee's debut album, "Feels Like Carolina" (Stoney Creek), is so good that the band is perched on the edge of an overnight success story. Hey, it's only taken the quartet a decade or so of touring to get there.
Thanks to the well-crafted, pop-leaning smash "Carolina," interest in the group -- and its combination of likable, Luke Bryan, lighthearted country and arena rock -- is running high. Matt Thomas' distinctive vocals have that tender-but-tough quality that works in a variety of settings, from the catchy country of "Close Your Eyes" to the laid-back, summer-soaked sweetness of "Day Drinkin' " and even out to the southern-fried Def Leppard-like anthem "I'll Bring the Music."
"Feels Like Carolina"
THE GRADE B+
BOTTOM LINE Great start for country's next big band.