Swiss Wine Festival announces ‘Parmalee’ as headline band


‘Parmalee’ will be the headliner entertainment during the 44th Swiss Wine Festival in Vevay.

The group will perform on Friday evening, August 28th, from 8:45-10 p.m. on the Big Stage in the ball field of the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park. The concert is free with a paid festival admission of $5.

A family band, ‘Parmalee’ is comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (lead vocals/guitar and drums, respective); cousin Barry Knox (bass); and life-long best friend Josh McSwain (guitar). Influenced by such musical heavyweights as the Allman Brothers, Travis Tritt, and Bob Seger, the band’s name is derived from the small town of Parmele, North Carolina (population 262), which is home to a small tin-roofed barn dubbed ‘Studio B’ where the band practiced. Parmalee’s country rock sound has its roots in the bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues.

In 2014, Parmalee dominated the country radio charts with the multi-week #1 gold-selling single “Carolina” which made history in 2013 for being the longest #1 track by a vocal duo or group on the Billboard Country Airplay chart’s 24-year history.

“Carolina” was also voted #1 by fans on SiriusXM The Highway’s “Hot 30 LIVE” countdown. Parmalee’s Top 40 debut country radio single, “Musta Had a Good Time” was voted #1 by fans for four consecutive weeks on SiriusXM The Highway’s “Hot 30 LIVE” and its video reached #1 on CMT’s PURE 12-Pack Countdown. The song has appeared on nationally broadcast sporting events from the NFL to the PGA and the MLB.

Parmalee recently earned its second consecutive Top 3 hit with its latest single, “Close Your Eyes.” All three hits appeared on Parmalee’s debut album, “Feels Like Carolina”.

The band recently earned the biggest first week add total of its career when its new single, “Already Callin’ You Mine” impacted country radio on February 2nd of this year – it has quickly become the band’s fastest-rising single to date.

In 2014, Parmalee earned a Teen Choice Award nomination for “Choice Country Group” and a semi-finalist nomination for ACM “New Artist of the Year.” This year, Parmalee hits the road with Brad Paisley on his “Country Nation World Tour” that kicked off in Morgantown, West Virginia, in January.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating at Paul Ogle Riverfront Park. A limited number of paid seats are available on a first-come, first served basis. No coolers are allowed.

Information on the Swiss Wine Festival can be found at including a list of activities and forms for specific events. More information is available by e-mailing or by calling (812) 427-9463.