Friday, June 20, 2014

Wisconsin Public Television: 30 Minute Music Hour

Charlie's "setlist"

Green Music Fest

Schedule for Sunday's Bike Powered Stage at Green Music Fest at Wicker Park in Chicago.

SUNDAY JUNE 22, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 Chicago Farmer
6:15 - 7:00  Charlie Parr
5:20 - 5:55 -  The Root Cause
4:40- 5:00 Pat McKillen
3:50 - 4:20 - Simpleton & Cityfolk
3:00 - 3:30 - Althea Grace
2:15 - 2:45 – Nick Fisher
1:45-2:00 - Pat McKillen
1:00 - 1:30 - Tarek Salam 22 Peace Movement
12:15 - 12:45 - Eugiene Grey

"I imagine that Charlie Parr will be tickled to play on the Green Music Fest’s bike-powered stage, which gets its juice from eight riders on stationary bicycles; he’s mounted a rack on his car in case he feels like taking his own bike on tour." Read the full article in Chicago Reader: Green Music Fest: Moon Taxi, the Features, AM Taxi, the Soil & the Sun, Charlie Parr, and others 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ramblin’ Bones Outlastin’ You

Limited edition Charlie Parr / Ben Weaver split 7" titled Ramblin’ Bones Outlastin’ You available now from Chaperone Records. Preview "Outlastin' You" below.

Side A: Ben Weaver - Ramblin' Bones
Side B: Charlie Parr - Outlastin' You

“I’m not content with much that we have given up. Even less content with what we have given it up for. Taken starlight from the surfaces of water, stolen from the night and the eyes of our kids by streetlights, empty office buildings, and constant progress. Whatever the forest had in mind before the wooden axels rolled up, that’s the voice I’m listening for. Not as an activist or provocateur, but a steward for what little is left. Ramblin’ Bones came from a thin place, somewhere in the Black Hills. On most days if there is a few feet of space between this world and the spirits, the place where I found Ramblin’ Bones was worn down to an inch or less. I’m willing to risk sentimentality or an over sincere jest to say these things, to preserve the rivers and box canyons, the needlework light in the tall pines, and the blank spaces on the map for the wolves, bears and my heart to wander.” -Ben Weaver

"One of the many little rivers called Red Cedar runs through Austin Minnesota where I was born and raised and I remember wading in it, and collecting valuable junk that had been left in it, fantasizing about jumping our bikes over it, trying to remove a beaver dam with a dull axe from a leaky rubber boat in it. This past plays havoc with my present and impacts my future. Rivers always bring it back to me that everything changes and some things change real fast like me and my little life and some things change slowly like rivers and hills and deserts. My present is built out of regret and worry and indescribable joy, it is both an apocalypse of fiery hail and a long boring Tuesday afternoon, but as long as I keep my eyes open it is my present: it is where I live right now." -Charlie Parr 

More about the release from Star Tribune : Ben Weaver wheels out Charlie Parr 7-inch before 26-inch tour dates