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Watch this country group’s sweet ode to their upbringing in this nostalgic video photo credit: Joseph Llanes
photo credit: Joseph Llanes

Country group Parmalee has released their beautiful new video for their latest song, “Roots,” and it’s been pulling at our heartstrings.

The sentimental clip captures a small-town life and uproots two story lines. One is a flashback memory of a young boy digging up dirt to plant a tree with his father, while the other scenes focus on an elderly couple battling an unknown issue, which unveils itself near the end.

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As time passes, the tree blossoms and the aging man enters into his last stages of life on earth, all the while the band — made up of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas and their cousin, Barry Knox, and close friend, Josh McSwain — make their way to what ends up being the elderly man’s funeral.

But even through the video’s nostalgia and heartbreak, “Roots” has a very powerful and uplifting message.

“It’s about where you come from and all the things that make you you. Those things always stay with you throughout life, and no matter how hard you might try, you can’t outrun them,” said Parmalee’s lead singer, Matt Thomas, about the song.

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On May 2, Parmalee released “Roots” to country radio. The rock-tinged power ballad is the North Carolina natives’ sneak peek into their sophomore album. Back in 2013, the quartet scored success with their album, “Feels Like Carolina,” with singles, “Carolina,” “Close Your Eyes” and “Already Callin’ You Mine.”

Thus far, there is no scheduled date for the release of the upcoming album, but after watching this video, we can only assume that it will be filled with even more amazing songs.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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