Parmalee got their first taste of mainstream fame the hard way.
They had a had a few albums out and had a following among fans of indie county music, but most people first heard of the band in 2010 when they were the victims of an attempted armed robbery. Drummer Scott Thomas killed one of the bad guys and seriously wounded the other, and was badly shot himself.
He made a remarkable recovery and rejoined his band, which includes his brother Matt, their cousin Barry Knox and childhood friend Josh McSwain.
They got back to work and now they're back stronger than ever. In December, Parmalee released "Feels Like Carolina," the band's first album in five years. The album reached No. 10 on the U.S. Country chart and No. 5 on the U.S. indie chart.
Their single "Carolina" topped the Country Airplay chart and their party anthem "Must've Been a Good Time" is a crowd favorite at all their shows.
Parmalee will be in Sarasota this weekend, performing at the White Buffalo Saloon on Friday.
Opening the show is the John King Band.
Details: 9 p.m. May 9, White Buffalo Saloon, 5377 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door. Information: 941-927-6655, www.thewbsaloon.com.
-- Marty Clear