Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Drawing Room interview (10/31/13)

Waleed Aly hosts Chris Wilson and Charlie Parr in a conversation about the impact globalization has on blues and roots music.  The segment concludes with an excellent performance of "Jimmy Bell" by Chris and Charlie.  

Listen to "Globalisation meets the Blues" on The Drawing Room HERE.

The Breakfast Spread interview (10/31/13)

Charlie talks touring and recording Barnswallow on "The Breadfast Spread" (PBS 106.7 FM), listen to the podcast HERE (begins around 126:00).

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Blind Boys of Alabama cover "Jubilee"

From Rolling Stone online: "The Blind Boys of Alabama haven't lost their spark over their seven-plus decade, and on their new track "Jubilee," the veteran gospel group finds bliss with Patty Griffin. "Are you ready for jubilee to come?" sing Griffin and the Boys over rambunctious piano and a smoldering call-and-response free-for-all. But that joy comes at price: material possessions and dear friends must be left behind. "Are you ready to turn in the keys to your mansion?" asks Griffin."

Read the full article and give a listen to "Jubilee" on the RS website.  The Justin Vernon produced I'll Find a Way is in stores now.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

KFAI House Party (10/16/13)

Charlie appeared on Harold's House Party yesterday and treated radio listeners to a Skip James cover and talked about his forthcoming recording project - an instrumental record with Alan Sparhawk.  He also talked about screen doors.  Stream the session HERE (two weeks only, begins around 81 min mark).

And it's the Fall Pledge Drive at KFAI so if you enjoy programs like Harold's House Party you can make a donation through their website.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Bike Rides Session

Photo Credit: Chaperone Records
Check out Charlie's guest appearance on the Austin, MN based radio program Bike Rides featuring some great performances and lots of bike talk.

Listen to Bike Rides live on Fridays at 1:00 pm Central on 91.3 FM in Austin, 89.7 FM in Mankato and find previous shows in their online archive.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Austin Daily Herald article

“I’m kind of a long haul trucker who doesn’t deliver anything.”

Charlie talks travel and Minnesota roots with the Austin Daily Herald in advance of the Caravan du Nord show in Austin, read the full article HERE.

Updated:  Highlights from Parr's talk with The Current’s Bill DeVille before the show HERE.

Caravan du Nord
Facebook page for Parr show
Paramount Theatre

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Current's "Artist of the Month"

"Charlie Parr didn’t get discovered on a televised singing contest. He didn’t have a YouTube video go viral. Charlie doesn’t employ a stylist and he’s not likely to be a cover model anytime soon. Yet, Charlie Parr is a popular guy. He has a devoted fan base throughout the Midwest, not to mention a dedicated following in Australia and the United Kingdom. He sells records around the world, and he’s done so by being himself. Never has the label of a man’s musical style (traditional, authentic) ever seemed so apt a descriptor for the man himself."

Read the entire article by Walt Dizzo on the Local Current Blog.