with Backroad Anthem
Saturday, May 18
Gates at 7:00 PM
From this tiny town that’s home to a gas station, two blinking yellow lights, and a small tin-roofed barn dubbed Studio B, country rockers Parmalee launched their long journey to Nashville. The near-fatal robbery Parmalee experienced after a show would have destroyed most bands. But brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox and longtime friend Josh McSwain didn't call it quits. Instead it reinforced their intense motivation and dedication to one another and to their determination to succeed. Each obstacle that delayed Parmalee’s arrival to Nashville was an extra mile that allowed the groundbreaking sounds of artists like Jason Aldean and Eric Church to pave the way for the worlds of country radio and Parmalee’s brand of country music to meet at the perfect crossroad. Parmalee’s country rock sound has its roots in the bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues covers the guys grew up hearing their families play. http://parmalee.bombplates.com/
Backroad Anthem is a country rock band that captivates audiences with their unique style and undeniable chemistry made obvious through their original music and high-energy onstage performances. The seven-man group based out of Fayetteville, AR established the vision for their band in October 2012 and have dedicated themselves to “doing” country music their way ever since.
In just its first six months of being a band, Backroad Anthem has opened for artists such as Casey Donahew Band, Dustin Lynch, and Eli Young Band. In June, the band will share the stage with Toby Keith and Luke Bryan at the Thunder Mountain Country Music Festival. Backroad will also release their first EP on May 2, 2013, which will include 5 songs and 2 live bonus tracks.
The band started as a group of acquaintances with a common love for music, but by the end of their first performance the band knew they had caught lightening in a bottle. With the ability to play off each other, engaging a crowd came naturally and they quickly found the identity and sound they desired to express to fans. “With these pieces in place, we’ll be able to build a fan base that will fall in love with our music,” Craig explained. “The stars are aligning for this band.” http://backroadanthem.com/