In only its second year, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®’s new Ram Trucks Country Music Party has become one of the Festival’s hottest events. Presented by, and in conjunction with, Shenandoah Country Q102, an iHeart Media station, this year’s event will be held on Saturday night, April 30th, 2016, in the Tolley Dental Tent. The festive and spacious Tolley Dental Tent is located at 1755 North Sector Court, on the beautiful campus of the Valley Health Winchester Medical Center. Festival President, Jim Douglas, is very pleased to announce that, for the 2016 event, Festival Organizers have been able to line up hot, young Nashville recording artists, Parmalee, along with special guest: Mechanicsville, Maryland native, Sam Grow.
Parmalee is the first country group since The Band Perry to earn three consecutive top 10 hits from a debut album. From the album, “Feels like Carolina,” the song, “Already Callin’ You Mine,” which has earned widespread praise from critics and fans alike, landed in the Top 10 late last year on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Country Aircheck charts. Previous singles from the same album, the certified platinum, “Carolina,” and mega-smash, “Close Your Eyes,” surged to #1 and #3 respectively, to complete the debut Trifecta.
Prior to the formation of Parmalee, Matt and Scott Thomas performed with their father in a group entitled Jerry Thomas and the Thomas Brothers Band. When their father retired, they wanted to continue spreading the gift of music so they started Parmalee, consisting of the brothers, plus cousin, Josh McSwain, and best friend, Barry Knox. All members are multi-talented, and able to play multiple musical instruments. On a trip to Nashville, Parmalee met David Fanning from New Voice Entertainment at Sound Stage Studios. Alongside him, the band recorded their first hit, “Musta Had a Good Time,” in the back of their RV. The song led to both their production and recording deals. The inspiration for the song was very personal. When the band formed, they all lived in the same house, and parties were held virtually every night. Scott Thomas clarifies: “I can say that the car wasn’t really in the pool. My friend drove his truck into a creek, though. That actually happened. We had to get a tractor to pull it out.” And, Matt Thomas adds: “‘Musta Had a Good Time’ describes that one epic party that all of us have either been to — or hope to go to — at some point in our lives. It’s that one party that becomes a legend in a small town. The response that we get from fans when we play this song live is crazy — the fans know all the words and everybody’s dancing, and it becomes a party on stage and in the crowd. We’re finding out that there are a lot of people out there who really like to have a good time!”
Rising young star, Sam Grow, opens for Parmalee. Sam Grow has earned his success in life through hard work, through an entrepreneurial attitude, and through an easy-going, charismatic spirit that promotes his soulful and genuine voice. Sam has released two projects independently, selling more than 30,000 copies, with the most recent record charting in the top 20 on iTunes. He has also cultivated a devoted “cult” following across the country by putting himself relentlessly out on the road for more than 250 shows a year.
Continuing its tradition of offering great new country acts at an amazingly affordable price, tickets for the Ram Trucks Country Music Party are only $25.00, and can be purchased online, by mail order, or at the Official Souvenir & Ticket Outlet opening in early April. In addition to an evening full of great music, there will be plenty of adult beverages (ID required), as well as hot food in the food court. The doors open at 7:00pm, and the music starts at 8:00pm. Please, no outside food and drink, or large purses and bags in the Tolley Dental Tent.