Parmalee Returns To No.1 with ‘Just The Way’ Featuring Blanco Brown

Stoney Creek Records’ band Parmalee is making a comeback in the country music scene after receiving their second No. 1…


Madeleine O’Connell

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March 16, 2021


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Stoney Creek Records’ band Parmalee is making a comeback in the country music scene after receiving their second No. 1 hit with their single, “Just the Way” featuring fellow country artist Blanco Brown. 

The band first reached fame with their song, “Carolina,” which also hit No. 1 on the charts after being released in 2013. In between releasing their Feels Like Carolina album and reaching a major milestone with their most recent single, Parmalee was named the 2016 ACM New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year nominee.

“Just the Way” was co-written by band member Matt Thomas alongside Nolan Sipe and Kevin Bard. After its release in 2019, the band that includes Matt and Scott Thomas, Barry Knox and Josh McSwain, started to capture more attraction from fans. 

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Thomas recently shared his reaction to this success with Country Now, telling us, “Number one is as big as it gets! This is huge, there is really no way to explain it. I knew when everybody in the band liked the song when I played it for them, that it was different. It had something, and that is always a great feeling, but I didn’t think anything like what we are experiencing now. My mind is blown – couldn’t ask for anything more. What it has done for us even this past year in quarantine has been amazing.”

This single that takes a focus on celebrating women has gained popularity during this month that is dedicated to empowering all the strong females of the world. It has an upbeat tune with lyrics that can easily be sung along to on high volume. Because of the great reaction from this song, Paramlee decided to also release a beautiful acoustic version that once again features Blanco Brown.

“I’m just excited to get back out there with another hit on our hands because this just gives us more fuel for the fire to keep doing it,” Parmalee member Josh McSwain tells Country Now of the song’s success. 

With over 62 million streams on Spotify, this confidence-boosting single is the bands most successful streaming run so far.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.