The Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, OH put on a concert I will never forget. It was a brisk Saturday night, but Casee Allen and Parmalee were about to turn things up! As I walked in the venue the stage was already packed. Anticipation ran high as people gathered for the sold out show. One of Parmalee’s many sold out shows at the Dusty.
Opening act Casee Allen is the boy you would want to bring home to your mom. He lit up the room with his smile and enthusiasm, which only got more prominent once he started singing “Hands” and a cover by the Goo Goo Dolls “Slide.” The crowd was roaring at his performance and he nailed songs like “Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie & The Blowfish. But what really struck me were his originals, “Shot of You” and “No Name Town” which got the crowd singing along. Allen reminds me of Thomas Rhett because of his song writing abilities and Chase Rice because let’s face it – the ladies love him! He knows how to work the stage and the crowd. His jokes in-between songs had everyone laughing. He has a wonderful personality for the stage and I can’t wait to see what’s next for him. Check out his newly released single “Shot Of You.”
Headliner Parmalee’s road to Nashville is a very impressive story of perseverance. They have jumped through and survived every obstacle along the way. Parmalee is an excellent band with amazing talent and fantastic musicianship. They opened with one of their hits “Already Callin You Mine.” The crowd moved up as close as they could to the stage to sing along. I treasured every word and knowing this was the start of what would certainly be a great show.
Next, the band got the crowd really going with their brand new single (coming out this May) called “Roots.” It’s going to be the next hit on country radio. It’s a song that takes you back to your childhood and back to a time when life was just easy. This song was a great choice for the band. Every person in the crowd was hanging on to every word.
They partied it up after with songs like “Family Tradition” and “Good Time.” Trust me they were a good time! Parmalee decided to change things up as the night went on and did a mash up of “Let’s Get it On” and “Billy Jean.” It really worked for them and no one expected the band to cover Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson, and do so, so well. Parmalee had a chemistry on stage that I haven’t seen from a band before. They knew what songs worked and used the set to create a concert I didn’t expect. Parmalee is a band that can do many things and pull it all off. They ended their set with their hit song “Carolina.” Everyone knew this song, so for the chorus Parmalee let us all sing it. The looks on their faces were priceless. I can’t imagine what it must be like to have fans singing your songs back to you.
The members of Parmalee understand music and are able to switch gears so easily. That’s what makes this band so successful. I have admired them since I first them, but after learning their story and who they are behind the music, I love them even more. This concert wasn’t just any concert, it was a way for me to reconnect to country music.