David Parmley began his musical career at age 15. He began his full time career at age 17 as a member of The Bluegrass Cardinals. A band featuring his father Don Parmley. In 1975 they made their way to the Washington DC area and quickly rose in prominence and fan appeal. David's lead and baritone voice was the backbone to "the Cardinal sound". Dozens of musicians have worked with David and Don over the years but "the Sound" remained constant. The Bluegrass Cardinals recorded dozens of projects during their 25 year run. Their material is considered the finest to come out of the 70's and 80's Bluegrass era.
David left The Bluegrass Cardinals in the early 90's to pursue a solo career featuring a more modern approach to bluegrass music, forming the groundbreaking, David Parmley and Continental Divide whose recordings topped the bluegrass charts throughout the 90's, and into the first decade of the new century. In 2012 David took some much needed time off the road to re-charge his creative batteries. End of story, right? Wrong!
In 2016, with renewed passion and creative spirit, David returned to his musical roots and bluegrass music with renewed passion creative spirit, and an all-star band -Cardinal Tradition. has proven to be the new musical adventure that everyone has been waiting for.
Just in case you were wondering where the drive in most modern day bluegrass went...
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