Wednesday, January 30, 2013

City Pages articles

City Pages caught up with Charlie recently to talk about Barnswallow, which led to a discussion about manifold cooking.

"Nothing's really different about Barnswallow. It's actually a lot like older stuff. The first few records I did, I was so scared of studios and the process of it all that we'd just go and treat it like a show," says Parr, referring to earlier albums recorded in a live taping format. "The last couple records, I tried doing this the 'right' way, you know, studios and producers ... but when I recorded the songs for Barnswallow, it didn't work, it just felt wrong. It felt like too much work, you know? Like I had assumed that I could be something more than I am."

Read the full article "Charlie Parr's triumphant return to his roots"

"Yes -- the lentils -- it kind of changes as time and trips go on, and sometimes depends on what's available. The last time I did it was red lentils, not more than 1 serving, since you can't cook a whole lot at once, a small onion chopped up (I have a little cutting board), I found some peppers (habanaro) and had a little broccoli, carrots and a tomato from a guy in a pickup in Georgia. So it's gotta be a small amount, all told I suppose it's a healthy soup-bowl full."

Read the full article "Charlie Parr's guide to cooking under the hood of your car"

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Daytrotter Session

1. Motorcycle Blues
2. Temperance River Blues
3. True Friends
4. My Wife Left Me

Charlie delivers a solid performance of three Barnswallow tunes and one that was left off album (he says it'll be on the next one).  Register and download it over at Daytrotter.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

You Are Hear interview

"Now I've got a story in mind, kind of a feeling of it, and then I spend a lot of time fussing around with the way the music and words fit together..."

Charlie discusses storytelling and songwriting with Brian Beatty on this edition of "You Are Hear".