Few bands have had a longer, rockier road to success than Parmalee. Shortly before signing with Stoney Creek Records after 10 years on the road, the band's drummer, Scott Thomas, nearly died when he was shot during a robbery. After he recovered, the group's debut single languished, and the foursome's second single "Carolina," a song first released five years ago, spent 38 weeks creeping up Billboard's Country Airplay chart before finally hitting the top 10 on Nov. 9 -- the longest such climb by a duo or group in the chart's 24-year history.

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