Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Contemplify: Charlie Parr on Harlan Hubbard’s Payne Hollow

"In this episode, Charlie shares a reflection on Harlan and Anna Hubbard as they sought a simple life on the river and in the woods."

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Midwestern for Life

"The best shows I’ve ever played are like that one — when I feel like I’m really a part of this community, this kind of overgrown neighborhood, no matter where that happens. Usually it happens best in out-of-the-way places like Duluth or Menomonie, Wisconsin, or Fargo, North Dakota, or Ames, Iowa, or Hancock, Michigan. It feels like folks have made an effort to be there just like I have. The edge of the stage disappears a little and you find yourself having bits of conversation with audience members between the songs."

Check out Charlie's recent article "Midwestern for Life" in No Depression.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

February Tour Dates

Charlie opens for and then performs with the Devil's Flying Machine in the "Uncomfortable Adventures in Folk Music" series every Wednesday in February at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

2/1 The Red Herring Lounge w/ DFM
2/3 Beaner's Central (Duluth)
2/4 The Gold Mine (Mankato, MN)
2/5 The Waterfront (Menomonie, WI)
2/8 The Red Herring Lounge w/ DFM
2/9 Clean Water Gala @ Clyde Iron Works (Duluth)
2/10 The State Theatre (Zumbrota, MN)
2/11 Many Rivers Montessori Midwinter Meltdown (Duluth)
2/15 The Red Herring Lounge w/ DFM
2/22 The Red Herring Lounge w/ DFM
2/24 Dreyfus University Center - Encore (Stevens Point, WI)
2/25 The Lyric Room (Green Bay, WI)
2/26 Bare Bones Brewery (Oshkosh, WI)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Rooster Download Page

"Those songs on Rooster, most of them were written around the time that most of King Earl was written, which was over a period of time from about 1997-2004. I had tried to write a short story which had turned into a short novel and I passed it to a friend who was also a very good writer and an honest man and he told me that it wasn’t very good although it had its moments. So I took those moments and made songs out of them..."

For Rooster we compiled an additional couple album's worth of demos, outtakes, soundtrack work, and folk songs from out-of-print compilations that Charlie titled the "Michigan Street Boxing Gym Sessions Outtakes." Get all three downloads in one spot HERE for a limited time. Read about the album's recording with insights from Charlie, Mikkel, Tom Herbers, and all the musicians who played on it here : www.charlieparr.com/download

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

January Tour Dates

A month of regular gigs, which are always some of my favorites since I get to take another stab at a gig that might have gone horribly wrong. The Cedar Lounge in Superior is a brand new venue for me, and I'm doing a whole month of Wednesdays here, just like the old days, maybe mostly alone, maybe not. Last year's Turf Club residency was so much fun that I wanted to do it again, there'll be different special guests each Sunday plus maybe some other surprises ... maybe not. Anyway I hope you can stop out for one. Devil's Flying Machine makes a rare appearance in Duluth, and we have a bass player now along with some weird new effects pedal that Christian bought, so it's guaranteed to be weird ... or at the very least, loud. My annual gig with Jim Randall at Trollhaugen and a couple new spots in Winona and Stillwater and hopefully some other stuff will bring me to the end of the month and the beginning of recording sessions for the new record. Have a great winter, everyone, check in with your neighbors, head out and see some friends, say hi when you can. -c.

1/1 The 331 Club w/ Corpse Reviver (Minneapolis)
1/4 Cedar Lounge (Superior, WI)
1/8 Turf Club w/ Mother Banjo (St Paul)
1/9 Papa Charlie's (Lutsen, MN)
1/11 Cedar Lounge (Superior, WI)
1/13 Homegrown Winter Fiasco @ Rex Bar w/ DFM (Duluth)
1/15 Turf Club w/ Dave Simonett (St Paul)
1/16 has been rescheduled to 1/9
1/18 Cedar Lounge (Superior, WI)
1/19 Mid West Music Store (Winona, MN)
1/20 Trollhaugen Lounge (Dresser, WI)
1/22 Turf Club w/ Dumpy Jug Bumpers (St Paul)
1/25 Cedar Lounge (Superior, WI)
1/27 St Paul Winter Carnival (St Paul, MN)
1/28 Lift Bridge Brewery (Stillwater, MN)
1/29 Turf Club w/ Feeding Leroy (St Paul)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Michigan Street Boxing Gym Sessions Outtakes



Collection of Rooster-era demos and recordings compiled for the upcoming Rooster "featured album" download page. We're going to try and get that posted in the next week or two.

I Ain't Dead Yet EP

I Ain't Dead Yet is now available from Red House Records in limited edition vinyl and digital download formats!

1. Something I Said
2. HoBo
3. I Ain't Dead Yet
4. Jaybird
5. Old Dog Blue

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Minneapolis' famed Wild Sound Studio by Steve Kaul (The Brass Kings), the recording features Parr backed by a band of friends: Mikkel Beckman (The Brass Kings) on percussion, Liz Draper (Okee Dokee Brothers, The Ditch Lilies, The Dumpy Jug Bumpers) on stand-up bass and Kyle Ollah on banjo and fiddle.