Ed Rhode

The group is the first multi-member act since Florida Georgia Line to tally a first No. 1

Parmalee achieves its first leader on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay radio chart, as "Carolina" climbs 3-1. The band far outshines the peak rank of its lone prior entry, "Musta Had a Good Time," which rose to No. 38 in October 2012.

All charts will refresh on on Thursday (Dec. 12).

Parmalee, which consists of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, their cousin Barry Knox and childhood friend Josh McSwain, is the fourth act to earn its first No. 1 this year, joining Thomas Rhett ("It Goes Like This," three weeks at No. 1 in October/November), Brett Eldredge ("Don't Ya," two weeks, August) and Randy Houser ("How Country Feels," one week, February).

No multi-member act had scored its first No. 1 since duo Florida Georgia Line arrived with "Cruise," which began its three-week command a year ago this month. (The pair has since led with "Get Your Shine On" and "Round Here," while its current single "Stay" rises 6-5 this week.)

Parmalee, which releases its major-label debut, "Feels Like Carolina," next month on Stoney Creek Records, formed back in 2001. "We borrowed money from our mamas and lived on peanuts," Matt Thomas says. "We spent nine or 10 years playing all over the country and taking any opportunities we could find to get us to the next level.

"It was a matter of getting our music to the people. We're just glad to be here."