Sunday, April 19, 2015

"Falcon" and "Stumpjumper" Premieres

"Today I drove through Moab, UT, and there was a Jeep rally going on. We called them 'stumpjumpers' when I was a kid. It reminded me of home and all the gear heads who lived near me constantly wrenching on their trucks, hanging around the parking lot, waiting for something to happen. I couldn't wait to join them."
Listen to "Stumpjumper" at The Bluegrass Situation.

"The song on Stumpjumper that I’m most happy with is “Falcon” because it is a song that I intended to write. A lot of times you don’t really mean to write a song — it’s like someone snuck up on you and attacked you; you didn’t really mean for it to happen. “Falcon,” on the other hand, I wanted to write that song. I’d read the book by John Tanner and it meant a lot to me."
Listen to "Falcon" and read an in-depth interview about the new album at Glide Magazine.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Tour Dates

4/01 - Neurolux Lounge (Boise, ID) *
4/02 - Tractor Tavern (Seattle, WA) *
4/03 - Mississippi Studios (Portland, OR) *
4/04 - Top Hat Lounge (Missoula, MT) *
4/06 - Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Reno, NV) *
4/07 - Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Reno, NV) *
4/08 - Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Reno, NV) *
4/09 - Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse (Berkeley, CA) *
4/10 - Humboldt Brewery (Arcata, CA)
4/11 - Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture (Weed, CA)
4/15 - recordBar (Kansas City, MO)
4/16 - Shamrock Lounge (Wichita, KS)
4/17 - Mercury Lounge (Tulsa, OK)
4/19 - KNON's 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff & Concert (Dallas, TX) #
4/21 - Tycoons Alehouse and Eatery (Duluth, MN)
4/22 - Devil's Flying Machine @ The Red Herring Lounge (Duluth, MN)
4/23 - Mid West Music Festival (Broken World Records; Winona, MN)
4/24 - Stoughton Opera House (Stoughton, WI)
4/25 - The State Theatre (Zumbrota, MN)
4/28 - Devil's Flying Machine @ Duluth Homegrown Music Festival (Grandma’s Sports Garden; Duluth, MN)
4/30 -  Duluth Homegrown Music Festival (Norm’s Beer & Brats; Duluth, MN)

* On Tour with Betse Ellis
# with The Black Lillies

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Featured Album Download #2: Jubilee (2007)

Jubilee is the featured record this time around, as always it's a free download but this time we've added a donation button for those of you who might feel like throwing a little in the camper van kitty. March in Duluth is an unpredictable time, it might be freezing cold, it might be warm, there could be 3 feet of snow in a weekend, or it could rain or sleet or the sun might be shining. We decided to record Jubilee in Brother Dave's garage before we really considered any of this, and rather than check the weather or think about another location as a backup we just showed up. Dave's Suburban wouldn't start, so we had to leave the boat in the garage, but we still had enough room, and Dave had smoked a pork shoulder and brewed a keg of potent beer so everything was fine with us. Mikkel was there with his washboard, Jake Larson had borrowed a big tape machine from Alan Sparhawk, Christian McShane and Emily were there, too, and the sun showed up. The temperature got into the 60's and we opened the garage door and recorded "Last Freight out of Asheville" with birds flocking around the trees outside. The song is for Mosca, it felt appropriate that they stopped by to honor a lost friend. By nightfall we were mostly drunk, full of BBQ sandwiches and beer, and recorded the rowdier songs into the night. I think I forgot we were recording anything, we were just playing, it was like any other time when we got together and played music. The next morning I went back over to Dave's and woke everybody up, intending to re-record the whole thing, but listening to the tapes I realized that we got just what I wanted to get, a bunch of friends making music in a garage.


Dave Hundrieser Interview

Monday, March 2, 2015

Live at FitzGerald's + Fearless Radio Interview (2/20/15)

Click HERE to watch Charlie's performance at Dunn Dunn Fest recorded by Gigity.TV.

Also check out and interview and live session with Fearless Radio that took place before the show HERE.

"Take It With You" episode #08: A Thankful’Ness’ Thanksgiving

In the final episode of Season 01 the crew is invited to The Mayor’s house for Thanksgiving. Don deals with unexpected visitors on the campaign trail, Zach goes on “the ultimate adventure,” Mary tap-DANCES, and Charlie Parr & Sarah Krueger trade songs.

Charlie Parr: 12 sting guitar, Vocals
Sarah Krueger: Guitar, Vocals
Blake Thomas: Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Vocals
Lane Prekker: Washboard/Percussion

The show was recorded on November 18th, 2014 in front of a live audience at The Underground theatre (Duluth, MN).

Written by Mary Fox & Don Ness. Recorded and mixed by Nick Gosen. Edited by Nick Gosen and Blake Thomas.

Listen HERE