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Chillin’ On The Lucie Festival

Port St. Lucie, Florida has now added another major event to the city. It was held at The Sandpiper Bay, at Club Med, ( an all inclusive resort),  and it did not disappoint. The grounds were neat and clean, tropical plants abound, and it was a very invited property.

There was certainly a resort feel to the festival, very beachy (lots of sand), spacious Lounge chairs, even had some massage chairs set up around the pool!! Yes I tried it, and was very relaxed after that session. Being Media at a festival is hard work!! The Festival itself, was very to easy to maneuver around. The only downer to the whole thing is that you can never predict the weather in Florida! It rained for 2 days, but everyone made the best of the situation. All stages were within walking distance, so that was nice. Speaking of stages, my favorite one was the Indoor Theatre where we took some amazing concert shots!! The lighting and sound were on point, making for a memorable experience.

Of course, by now you know it was a Country Festival, and they had some amazing acts: Parmalee, Twang and Round, Scooter Brown Band, Southern Halo, Honey County, Craig Campbell, Love and Theft Band, and so many others.I feel like I interviewed almost every act! Everyone was just so kind and patient, it wasn’t a rushed situation like some interviews. Duos, singles, bands, all were willing to sit and answer all my questions, felt like we were all just family, sitting around having the best, but casual conversations.

One of my more memorable interviews was Parmalee, The guys came in, sat down around on outside table, and we were talking like friends. Here are some excerpts from the interview:

TC: How did you get started?

ParmaLee: Well, Matt and Scott have known each other, since they were brothers, and everyone are long time friends.

How did you come up with the name of the band, Parmalee?

ParmaLee: Well, we grew up right near the small town of Parmalee in North Carolina about 3 miles.

TC- Next, Parmalee brought up their own “Dialect” of words, called “Parmalisms”. They have a video out on IG every Wednesday explaining what words and phrases mean to them. It is  really funny, go to IG: Parmaleemusic, to see what it’s all about. Basically, if you have a word “Cow tongue” , in Parmalisms, it means a $100 Bill. They always find different meaning to words. The Country Dictionary and “Parmalisms..” Perfect!!

The highlight of the interview, was how the band talked about their new song coming out for the North Carolina American Red Cross Flood Relief Fund. They want to give back to their home state, and it was hit pretty bad during a recent  hurricane.

They are always writing songs, getting new tunes out to their fans, and basically, yeah they are really as nice as they seem..

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Robin Beers
Hi, Im Robin. I have been a music groupie/follower, since the '70s (showing my age). Gr0wing up in Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y. there was not a lot of Country music playing on the airways. I always found a way to seek out the country side of my youth, Marshall Tucker Band, Poco, Charlie Daniels, Johnny Cash, and my absolute all time favorite, Dwight Yoakam. The list goes on. (of course my disco friends, never knew this,) Moving to Florida in the early 1980's was awesome! There was more than one Country radio station on FM!! I discovered the greats like Tanya Tucker, Sammy Kershaw, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Randy Travis. Line dancing every weekend, I was in heaven!! There is so much great talent out there now, its exciting and they are extremely innovative with their craft. I look forward to each time a new song and album are released. My son is a bass player and has moved to Nashville to pursue his dream of being a touring musician, and he is on the road right now. I guess you can say it runs in the family. :) So now I get the chance to visit the home of country music, Nashville!!! I love reaching out to the up and comers here in FLorida, there is so much amazing talent. This is not just a job, but a passion!!! Robin
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