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Craig Campbell, Parmalee Head Outdoors

Like peas and carrots, country music and the outdoors are a perfect combination. So why not a TV show combining em'?

That's exactly what they're thinking at the Outdoor Channel. The network has tapped Craig Campbell and Parmalee to kick off a new series called Outside Tracks, a behind-the-scenes in-studio and in-the-woods look at country artists on the rise. The first episode is set in a secluded cabin outside Nashville, where Craig and Parmalee perform their hits and share inside looks into their small-town pasts and road to stardom.

Craig's story centers on growing up in tiny Lyons, GA and later working as a corrections officer playing music on the side. "I had the opportunity to share two of my biggest passions, country music and my love of the outdoors," he says through his publicist. "It was great to be able to tell my story and perform an acoustic version of 'Outskirts of Heaven' looking out onto such beautiful scenery. I think my fans will enjoy it."

The show will examine Parmalee's history, too. "We're so excited that Outside Tracks is telling our story," lead singer Matt Thomas says in a statement. "We often watch the Outdoor Channel on our tour bus so this is a real thrill for us." Check out a preview from their Twitter account below.

An Outdoor Tracks pre-premiere is set for Facebook Live on the @Outdoorchannel Facebook page Monday (5/22) at 8:30pm ET. Check local listings for premiere times in your area.


Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin' country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.