With a coveted performance slot at the 2016 CMA Fest in Nashville and the chance to spend time with thousands of die hard fans on the docket, Parmalee was ramping up for one of the biggest weeks of their career.

Unfortunately, it was not to be.

The band took to Facebook on Friday, June 10, informing their fans that, due to a death in the family, they were canceling their appearance at the country music fest. Seeing as Mark and Scott Thomas are brothers and Barry Knox is their cousin, all three band members lost their grandmother Virginia Thomas as she passed away. Even Josh McSwain, Parmalee’s fourth band member and the Thomas brothers friend since childhood, knew her well so he was grieving the loss on a personal level as well.

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While the band truly wanted to perform this career changing event, they felt it was more important to be with their family back in North Carolina, something no fan could ever fault them for.

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Sadly, this isn’t the first time tragedy has derailed Parmalee. Back in 2010, the band was just about to sign a record deal when drummer Scott Thomas was shot and nearly killed during an attempted robbery of the band’s RV, spending 10 days in a coma and 45 days in the hospital.

Tragedy strikes country hitmakers Parmalee yet again
Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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