Monday, December 28, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Tour Dates

12/03 - St. Mane Theatre (Lanesboro, MN)
12/04 - Mankato Brewery (Mankato, MN)
12/05 - Parkway Theater (Minneapolis, MN)
12/10 - Carmody's Irish Pub (Duluth, MN)
12/11 - Boat House Brewery (Ely, MN)
12/18 - Pizza Luce (Duluth, MN)
12/19 - Oak Center General Store (Lake City, MN)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Featured Album Download #4: Criminals and Sinners (2002)

Recording Criminals & Sinners with Mark Lindquist was a great education for me, I'd been intimidated by the recording process and all it's mysteries up til then, I'd been intimidated by the people who apparently ran the business of recording musicians, up until that point I'd felt very much like a bystander in the music world and I'd decided that I'd rather stay outside than have to conform. Aside from that, the music that I loved listening to was by and large field recordings made in the 40's and 50's of itinerant preachers and blues guitarists and chain gangs and cowboys and the music produced in studios never sounded like that, so I figured I'd just play and not record. But then I met Mark, a definite anarchist when it came to recording technique, and the founder of a legendary local record label called "Shaky Ray" and we set up a couple beat up microphones in the basement and played a show for his tape machine. There was about 30 minutes left on a reel borrowed from a local punk band for us to use for the entire record and we finished our last song just as the last bit of usable tape traveled past the head. And it dawned on me, this doesn't have to be for the ages just because it's recorded, it can be for right now, live, lo-fi, warts and all.
 
www.charlieparr.com/download

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Red Line Roots Interview

"I would say I have just as many non-musical as musical influences. Living in the world, I’m kind of a sponge.  One of the new songs (“Evil Companion”) is from a conversation I overheard–you know, it was just loud enough that you couldn’t not listen. And that song comes from the spirit of that conversation. I read a lot and am drawn to writers like Raymond Carver or Flannery O’Connor; stories that don’t necessarily have a beginning, middle, end, but are written in vignettes."

Read the full interview at Red Line Roots: Catching Up With Charlie Parr

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Tour Dates

11/04 - Atwood's Tavern (Cambridge, MA)
11/05 - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 (New York, NY)
11/06 - The Parlor Room (Northampton, MA)
11/07 - The Monkey House (Winooski, VT)
11/08 - The Half Moon (Hudson, NY)
11/09 - Abilene Bar and Lounge (Rochester, NY)
11/11 - Sportsmen's Tavern (Buffalo, NY)
11/12 - Radio Radio (Indianapolis, IN)
11/13 - Fitzgerald's Nightclub (Berwyn, IL)
11/14 - Sleepy Creek Vineyards (Fairmount, IL)
11/18 - Devil's Flying Machine @ The Red Herring Lounge (Duluth, MN)
11/20 - The Aquarium (Fargo, ND)
11/21 - West End Cultural Centre (Winnipeg, Canada)
11/25 - Devil's Flying Machine @ The Red Herring Lounge (Duluth, MN)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Live on Harold's House Party 10/21/15

Charlie and Mikkel stopped by Harold's House Party on KFAI this week and performed a brand new song.

Click HERE for the podcast (only available till 11/4/15).

Live on Whad'ya Know

"Parr makes a special stop at the Terrace to join Michael on stage to chat and play a few songs!"

Click HERE for the podcast.

KBEK interview



"Here’s a suprise visit on our Laura Martin from none other than Minnesota’s Finest Charlie Parr." Click HERE for podcast.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October Tour Dates

10/01 - The Crepe Place (Santa Cruz, CA)
10/02 - McCabe's Guitar Shop (Santa Monica, CA)
10/03 - Tour of the White Mountains (Pinetop, AZ)
10/06 - Humboldt Brewery (Arcata, CA)
10/08 - Tractor Tavern (Seattle, WA)
10/09 - Mississippi Studios (Portland, OR)
10/10 - The Filling Station (Bozeman, MT)
10/14 - Pioneer Place on Fifth (St Cloud, MN)
10/15 - The Mousetrap Tavern (Eau Claire, WI)
10/16 - Stoughton Opera House (Stoughton, WI0
10/17 - The GrapeVine (Clive, IA)
10/18 - Ed's (No Name) Bar (Winona, MN)
10/21 - 331 Club (Minneapolis, MN)
10/23 - The Landmark Center (St Paul, MN)
10/24 - The Paramount Theatre (Austin, MN)
10/25 - The Chapel (Northfield, MN)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Tour Dates

9/2 - Midwest Music Showcase at Target Field (Minneapolis, MN)
9/3 - Broken World Records (Winona, MN)
9/4 - Bayport BBQ (Bayport, MN)
9/5 - Super Big Block Party (Duluth, MN)
9/11 - The Courtyard & Cellar (Decorah, IA)
9/12 - Maximum Ames Music Festival (Ames, IA)
9/13 - Rock Bend Folk Festival (St. Peter, MN)
9/16 - Fitger's Brewhouse (Duluth, MN)
9/17 - Mountain Stage Radio Show at North House Folk School (Grand Marais, MN)
9/20 - Vega (Lincoln, NE)
9/21 - Replay Lounge (Lawrence, KS)
9/22 - Barleycorn's (Wichita, KS)
9/23 - The World Theatre (Kearney, NE)
9/24 - Aggie Theater (Fort Collins, CO)
9/25 - Hi-Dive (Denver, CO)
9/27 - Lost Sierra Hoedown (Johnsville, CA)
9/28 through 9/30 - Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Reno, NV)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

1922 Blues (Live on 89.3 The Current)

The Current Sessions: Live at the Minnesota State Fair

"Parr went back to his roots and performed live at the Great Minnesota Get-Together playing songs—new, unreleased and old—at the MPR booth on the corner of Judson and Nelson during Mark Wheat's first live broadcast from the 2015 Minnesota State Fair." Listen HERE.



Songs performed:

"Empty Out Your Pockets"
"The New Funeral Road Blues"
"1922 Blues"

Live on tpt


"Duluth roots performer Charlie Parr played a tune for our State Fair and at-home audience."

Monday, August 24, 2015

Folk Alley Session


"In July 2015, armed with his 12-string and resonator guitars, Parr stopped by the studios at Beehive Productions in Saranac Lake, New York, to record a few songs and talk to us about about his formative years living and playing music in the legendary West Bank of Minneapolis, Minnesota, making his way to Duluth where he now calls home, and about his Red House Records debut, 'Stumpjumper'." - Listen to the interview at Folk Alley.

WBEZ's Morning Shift



"Charlie Parr’s music is wonderful road trippin’ music — a sound that pushes you along on the those lonely highways in the middle of nowhere. As a matter of fact, the songs on Charlie Parr’s latest release Stumpjumper were written while he was traveling out east, far from his home in Duluth Minnesota." - Musician Charlie Parr’s American roots run deep and wide

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Tour Dates

8/1 - Border Battle Weekend (Somerset, WI)
8/2 - Ore Dock Brewing (Marquette, MI)
8/4 - Chester Bowl (Duluth, MN)
8/5 - DFM at Red Herring (Duluth, MN)
8/6 - Bayport BBQ with Frank Fairfield (Bayport, MN)
8/7 - The Potter's Shed (Shell Lake, WI)

8/8 - Mile of Music (Appleton, WI)
Appleton Beer Factory 5:50 PM - 6:40 PM
Spats/Spatio 9:40 PM - 10:30 PM
8/9 - Mile of Music (Appleton, WI)
Riverview Gardens 1:45 PM - 2:35 PM

8/9 - Schubas with Frank Fairfield (Chicago, IL)
8/14 - Black Bear Resort Casino (Carlton, MN)
8/21 - Durango Blues Train (Durango, CO)
8/22 - Durango Blues Train (Durango, CO)
8/23 - Oskar Blues Grill and Brew (Lyons, CO)
8/27 - Minnesota State Fair - West End Market Stage
8/28 - Minnesota State Fair - West End Market Stage
8/30 - Patrick's Cabaret with Dave Moore (Minneapolis, MN)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Free Download: Blues for the Caribou River Wayside

Blues for the Caribou River Wayside

Recorded at Sacred Heart Studio
Duluth, MN
08/16/09

"This was recorded at Sacred Heart in Duluth one evening, all the tracks are first takes, there's no one there but me in this huge old church. I was using certain songs as a kind of jumping off point for improvisations, and for the most part I think I failed at bringing the songs to a place where they count as inspired improvisations. The small label that wanted to release it said it was too short but I didn't want to add anything to it, and so we left it behind."

01. Barnswallow
02. Death's Black Train
03. 2:30 am in an Abandoned Ore Freighter
04. What a Friend / Sweet By and By
05. Paul Bunyan
06. Warmin' by the Devil's Fire
07. Midnight Has Come and Gone
08. Death of Jerry Damron

www.charlieparr.com/download

Rambling On Interview

"When I was a kid in the front of my house all my dad's records were playing, but in the back of the house where my sister was hanging out, she was listening to the Grateful Dead, Commander Cody, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Captain Beefheart, crazy shit like that. So I was getting that even though in my mind I was kind of deliberately trying to turn away from it. I've started to be able to reconcile myself with myself in a lot of ways. In the last few years I've accepted the fact that yeah, I like captain Beefheart a lot, I like captain Beefheart as much as a I like Mance Lipscomb, and that's alright. In writing this last batch of songs I let in other influences I might not have at one point."

Read the full interview at Rambling On: Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival Feature: An Interview with Evolving Folk Bluesman Charlie Parr 

Acoustic Guitar Session



"Raw, intense, and powerful, Charlie Parr's brand of blues will send shivers up your spine. The Minnesota-based musician joins us in the studio to talk about his love of deep blues as a child, the inspiration of Spider John Koerner, his beloved National metal-bodied resonator and Fraulini 12-string (made by Todd Cambio), and the story behind his new album, Stumpjumper. He also delivers stirring renditions of three songs from the album." www.acousticguitar.com/Sessions

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

'A high, lonesome sound': Blues legend Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes


From Winona Daily News: "Winona residents will have a chance to witness one of the more unique country blues stylists on Thursday, July 16 at the Winona Arts Center at 8 p.m., where Jimmy “Duck” Holmes will perform. Holmes’ Bentonia style of country blues can be directly traced to Skip James, who made his first classic recordings in the 1930s. “It’s eerie and haunting,” said Dave Hundrieser. “It’s a high, lonesome sound that gets right down inside you.”"

Jimmy's tour kicks off tonight in Minneapolis at the 331 Club and he'll be on Harold's House Party at 5pm. You can listen to Jimmy on the radio again on Friday on KUMD at 2pm before his show at the Red Herring Lounge that evening. Charlie will be joining the tour 7/19 - 7/21 with shows in Minneapolis, Northfield, La Crosse, Viroqua.

July 15 - Harold's House Party on KFAI (listen live 5pm)
July 15 - 331 Club  (Minneapolis, MN) 7:00 doors / 8:00 show

July 16 - Winona Arts Center (Winona, MN)
with Dave Hundrieser and Mike Munson ; 7:00 doors / 8:00 show

July 17 - Live from Studio A on KUMD (listen live 2pm)
July 17 - Red Herring Lounge (Duluth, MN)
with Dave Hundrieser ; 8:00 doors / 8:30 show

July 18 - 5th Annual Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival (Minneapolis, MN)
Jimmy is scheduled to play at Patrick’s Cabaret Stage at 6pm.

July 19 - Hell's Kitchen (Minneapolis, MN)
with Dave Hundrieser and Charlie Parr  ; 10am-1pm
July 19 - The Chapel (Northfield, MN)
with Dave Hundrieser and Charlie Parr; 7:00 doors / 7:30 show

July 20 - The Root Note (La Crosse, WI)
with Dave Hundrieser and Charlie Parr ; 7:00 doors / 8:00 show

July 21 - The Ark (Viroqua, WI)
with Dave Hundrieser and Charlie Parr ; 7:00 doors / 7:30 show

Phil Cook – “1922”

“When I hear Charlie Parr sing his ‘1922 Blues’ it feels like the gathering headwaters of the Mississippi River charging their way to New Orleans,” Cook says. “When I sing ‘1922,’ it only seems fair to make it sound the way Charlie’s version makes me feel; destined, invincible and free.”



Phil Cook's Southland Mission is out 9/11 via Thirty Tigers.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The River Signal

"Episode 6 of The River Signal features a giant carp, a damn fine Tamale, and the music and voice of Charlie Parr."

Charlie performing Temperance River Blues on the Channel Princess in St. Paul.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Riding the Highline


RIDING THE HIGHLINE from Kai Carlson-Wee on Vimeo.

Riding the Highline is a short documentary film about poet brothers Kai and Anders Carlson-Wee hopping trains across the country. The soundtrack features music by Charlie, Almeda Riddle, Abner Jay, Sleep, Charles Osgood, and Bascom Lunsford.

https://vimeo.com/124288641
http://www.ridingthehighline.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ridingthehighline

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Rez Comedy" Kickstarter

Laughter is what brings communities together.  That is the reason we want to make this documentary a reality.  When people hear the words "Indian Reservation," they think of alcoholism, drugs, addiction, abuse and suicide.  We want to change that.  We want to send a message that those shouldn't be the only words you think of when you see us.  I, along with fellow Ojibwe comedian from the Leech Lake Indian Reservation Rob Fairbanks (the famous Rez Reporter), will travel half way across the country to visit our fellow Native American comedians while on our way to Hollywood, where we'll take part in a major comedy competition.  Win or lose, we're going all in.  We are raising $20,000 dollars to pay for the making of a documentary that we believe will be a game changer for comedians from the reservation.  We are hiring a film crew consisting of two cameramen and a boom operator to follow us on the road for our 2 week journey to California.  They will be with us as we visit the Badlands, Mt. Zion National Park, Wounded Knee and many other places that have stories to tell us as well.  We are hiring an editor who will be receiving daily uploads of the footage to piece together while we're on the road!  Once we return, we will be meeting with the one and only Charlie Parr, who has incredibly signed on to score the film. Charlie will review the scenes and create music from the heart to help us communicate this story of two Native American comedians who have two weeks - to make it to the top.

Pledge $50 or more and get a copy of the DVD and Charlie's soundtrack. We'll keep you updated as this project progresses. Head over to their Kickstarter page for more details and to contribute: http://kck.st/1eVbLE0

July Tour Dates

7/1 - Big Woods Brewing (Nashville, IN)
7/2 - Washington Park (Cincinnati, OH)
7/3 - FitzGerald's American Music Festival (Berwyn, IL)
7/4 - Catfish River Music Festival (Stoughton, WI)
7/7 - Beachland Ballroom (Cleveland, OH)
7/9 - Atwood's Tavern (Cambridge, MA)
7/10 - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 (New York, NY)
7/11 - Green River Festival (Greenfield, MA)
7/12 - Caffe Lena (Saratoga Springs, NY)
7/14 - Tuesday Night Blues in Owen Park (Eau Claire, WI)
7/17 - Double Barrel Bluegrass Festival (Remer, MN)
7/18 - Grumpy's Northeast Folk Festival (Minneapolis, MN) 11:30am
7/18 - 5th Annual Roots, Rock & Deep-Blues Festival at Patrick's Cabaret (Minneapolis, MN) 2pm
7/18 - Stillwater Log Jam (Stillwater, MN) 6pm
7/18 - Turf Club (St. Paul, MN) 8pm
7/19 - The Chapel (Northfield, MN) *
7/20 - The Root Note (La Crosse, WI) *
7/21 - The Ark (Viroqua, WI) *
7/24 - Palmfest at Palmer's Bar (Minneapolis, MN)
7/30 - The Lift (Dubuque, IA)
7/31 - Falconer Vineyards (Red Wing, MN)

* with Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

Jimmy "Duck" Holmes Tour


July 15 - Harold's House Party on KFAI (listen live 5pm)
July 15 - 331 Club  (Minneapolis, MN) 7:00 doors / 8:00 show

July 16 - Winona Arts Center (Winona, MN)
with Dave Hundrieser and Mike Munson ; 7:00 doors / 8:00 show

July 17 - Live from Studio A on KUMD (listen live 2pm)
July 17 - Red Herring Lounge (Duluth, MN) with Dave Hundrieser ; 8:00 doors / 8:30 show

July 18 - 5th Annual Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival (Minneapolis, MN)
Jimmy is scheduled to play at Patrick’s Cabaret Stage at 6pm.

July 19 - Hell's Kitchen (Minneapolis, MN) w/ Dave Hundrieser and Charlie Parr  ; 10am-1pm
July 19 - The Chapel (Northfield, MN) w/ Dave Hundrieser and Charlie Parr; 7:00 doors / 7:30 show

July 20 - The Root Note (La Crosse, WI)
with Dave Hundrieser and Charlie Parr ; 7:00 doors / 8:00 show

July 21 - The Ark (Viroqua, WI)
with Dave Hundrieser and Charlie Parr ; 7:00 doors / 7:30 show

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Stumpjumper Trailer

"For his latest album, Stumpjumper, Parr took a trip to North Carolina to record with longtime friend Phil Cook, whose work with Megafaun and Hiss Golden Messenger makes him no stranger to strong songwriting and deft instrumentals. Now, Cook has written and narrated a short trailer for the album..."


Paste Magazine premieres a behind-the-scenes look at Stumpjumper narrated by Phil Cook: bit.ly/1L0wBOq

Charlie on WCCO

Thursday, June 4, 2015

White Wall Sessions Audio Downloads



"All of Charlie's first two sessions are available for download only during The White Wall Sessions gofundme project, which runs through June. These songs will not be available after June, so don't wait!"

Season One Session

Season Two Session

Check out their gofundme project at:
thewhitewallsessions.com/gofundme

Charlie Parr performs in the MPR studios


Parr recently stopped by the MPR studios to chat with MPR News' Tom Weber and play some tracks from his new and 13th album, "Stumpjumper." Songs played on air (in order): "Over the Red Cedar," "Remember Me If I Forget," "Falcon"

Click HERE for the podcast. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

June Tour Dates

6/5 - Choice City Stomp (Fort Collins, CO)
6/7 - Grand Old Day (St. Paul, MN)
6/9 - Waseca Public Library (Waseca, MN)
6/10 - Memorial Park (Montgomery, MN)
6/11 - Blue Ox Music Festival (Eau Claire, WI)
6/12 - Red Herring Lounge (Duluth, MN)
6/13 - Moe's 9th Anniversary Folk and Blues Fest (Mounds View, MN)
6/19 - Bayport BBQ (SOLD OUT)
6/20 - The Orpheum Theater (Hancock, MI)
6/23 - Sarah P Duke Gardens w/ Phil Cook’s Southland Revue (Durham, NC)
6/24 - The Grey Eagle Tavern (Asheville, NC)
6/25 - US National White Water Center (Charlotte, NC)
6/26 - World Cafe Live at the Queen (Wilmington, DE)
6/27 - Frendly Gathering Festival (Windham, VT)
6/30 - The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

This Old Building is Leanin'

Charlie contributes a recording of the traditional "This Old Building is Leanin'" sung with Hattie Peterson for the new compilation Voice: Songs for Those Who Are Silenced. Read more about it at The Current and order on iTunes.

Charlie Parr: guitar virtuoso, friend, barefoot prophet



"Charlie Parr is one of the most unusual and fascinating individuals I’ve ever met. He has lived in my neighborhood for years, but for some reason I hadn’t summoned the courage required to knock on his door until only recently. Finding him to be as accessible as an open book, I unexpectedly encountered a kindred spirit while making a friend. I don’t come across many kindred spirits, so this is worth writing home about."

Read the full article "Charlie Parr: guitar virtuoso, friend, barefoot prophet" at eddygilmore.com.

Dan's Bike Rides Radio Show

"Dan and Hank take the show on the road for a "perfect" May bike ride with Charlie Parr." Listen in at Dan's Bike Rides.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

WDSE The Playlist: Homegrown 2014 Live at Clyde Ironworks



"The region’s favorite bands take the big stage at Clyde Iron Works during the 2014 Duluth Homegrown Music Festival . Enjoy sets by Southwire, Actual Wolf and The Black Eyed Snakes with special guest Charlie Parr. This hour-long production highlights the talent and perspective of exceptional northern musicians." http://www.wdse.org/shows/playlist/watch/season-6-episode-14


Death's Black Train w/ Black Eyed Snakes


God Moves on the Water w/ Black Eyed Snakes

Stumpjumper Reviews!

"Taking acoustic blues and folk to the darkest edges of town via driving arrangements which emphasize steam-driven tempos and a doom-slinging attitude over spit and polish studio shine, Parr nonetheless manages to sound both breathtakingly immediate and authentically antiquated at the same time. Usually a solo act, the inclusion here of a full band adds heft and depth to the already powerful material." - Kevin Oliver, No Depression


"The themes of Stumpjumper are wide-ranging and thoughtful. Social justice is considered in the reworked retelling of “Delia”; the workingman’s blues are considered in the rustic title track ; timelessness itself is explored in “Over the Red Cedar.” With such a natural grasp of the lingo of Southern roots, it really is a revelatory surprise that Charlie Parr is not native to that region. These tunes would just as naturally fit on a recording of Bukka White, but instead they are a gift to us today, as fresh and insightful as any recording by those old country bluesmen – and with the added benefit of a great backing band to add some serious punch." - Aaron Teixeira, Glide Magazine

Blue Ridge Outdoors Interview

“Delia” has been part of my personal soundtrack for ages. It just covers a lot – loneliness,
regret, unrequited love, justice and injustice, grief. The different versions, and there are several recorded that date back to at least the mid-1920s, are varied and all have some amazing lines, and the whole thing started with one horrible night in 1895, which gives it the gravity it has.

Read the full interview Trail Mix – Charlie Parr

Monday, May 4, 2015

Wall of Power Radio Hour Interview



"This week’s Wall of Power Radio Hour features two of the hardest working musicians in Minnesota, both of whom have new records out. Country bluesman Charlie Parr has a new disc out on Red House Records called “Stumpjumper” and rhythm and blues artist Mark Lickteig has a new one out called “Workin’.” Both conversations are swinging, fun, and insightful and Mr. Lickteig, keyboardist extraordinaire, joins me live in the studio to play a couple of his original numbers." www.wallofpowerradio.com

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Live from Studio A (KUMD)

April 27, 2015
Live From Studio A (KUMD)
1. Old Dog Blue
2. Falcon
3. Remember Me If I Forget

"Local artist Charlie Parr released his 14th album, Stumpjumper​, during the week of the 17th annual Duluth Homegrown Music Festival. The release marks his debut on St. Paul's Red House Records and the first time he's recorded a solo project with the support of a backing band. We asked him about this career move into new territory when he joined us Live from Studio A on April 27, 2015."

Listen HERE.

Charlie Parr Finds a Band and a Label for His Personal New Album (City Pages)

"Red House — it's Spider John Koerner, it's Greg Brown, it's a lot of people that I really respect and like," says Parr. "I never really seriously thought about record labels. I just assumed that probably it's not for me — the way I record, and the way that my so-called music career has gone in a real organic fashion. It's a huge deal for me. It feels like a really good fit."

Read the entire article: Charlie Parr Finds a Band and a Label for His Personal New Album

'Stumpjumper' is a new fork in a long and winding road (The Current)



""I'm like a balled-up Kleenex in a windstorm. I've just kind of gone wherever I felt like the day has wanted me to go." A folksinger both by trade and at heart, Duluth-based guitar maestro Charlie Parr is an embodiment of his genre: authenticity is his nature, simplicity is his mantra, and wisdom is his language."

Head over to The Current to hear the rest of the session and interview.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Stumpjumper Interview

"Charlie Parr, Alone with the Blues" (Star Tribune)

"No surprise, a lot of the new songs are inspired by his travels — not so much the landscapes and sights, but the people. “Over the Red Cedar,” for instance, came from a conversation he overheard at one tour stop about a guy who bought a fancy new truck, then lost his job the next day.

“My input into the conversation is the part about the Red Cedar,” Parr said. “You do your thing in life: You lose your job, you buy a truck and crash it, the trees keep growing, the river keeps going by. That helps me, knowing that in my life.”

Read the full article "Charlie Parr, Alone with the Blues" and watch some video recorded at Bayport BBQ at the Star Tribune

New Daytrotter Session

1. Asa Jones' Blues
2. Frank Miller Blues
3. Funeral Road Blues
4. Falcon


"The men that Charlie Parr writes about are the kinds of guys who fit nowhere specifically and everywhere awkwardly. They are off-balance and still completely grounded, even when they're in a continuous loop of feeling like everything's shorting out and then calming down only long enough to conserve the needed energy to go haywire once again."

Register and listen at Daytrotter.

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.

FREE DOWNLOAD : charlieparr.com/download.html

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

March Tour Dates

3/1 - Trade Root Music Group House Concerts (Washington, DC) *
3/2 - The Iridium (New York, NY) *
3/3 - The Half Moon (Hudson, NY) *
3/4 - The Parlor Room at Signature Sounds (Northampton, MA) *
3/5 - Atwood's Tavern (Cambridge, MA) *
3/6 - The Monkey House (Winooski, VT) *
3/7 - Abilene Bar and Lounge (Rochester, NY) *
3/8 - The Linda WAMC's Performing Arts Studio (Albany, NY) *
3/10 - Club Cafe (Pittsburgh, PA) *
3/11 - The Village Idiot (Maumee, Ohio)
3/12 - Linneman's Riverwest Inn (Milwaukee, WI)
3/13 - Bayport BBQ (Bayport, MN)
3/14 - Bayport BBQ (Bayport, MN)
3/15 - First UCC Church (Northfield, MN)
3/20 - Minocqua Brewing Company (Minocqua, WI)
3/21 - Equinox Fair (Mankato, MN)
3/23 - Papa Charlie's @ Lutsen (Lutsen, MN)
3/27 - Aggie Theater (Fort Collins, CO)
3/28 - Hi-Dive (Denver, CO) #
3/31 - Bar Deluxe (Salt Lake City, UT) #

* On tour with JD Wilkes
# On tour with Betse Ellis

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Tour Dates


2/1 - Clyde Iron Works (Duluth)
2/5 - The Bluebird (Bloomington, IN) *
2/6 - The Pageant (St. Louis, MO) *
2/7 - The Ryman (Nashville, TN) *
2/11 - DFM @ Red Herring (Duluth)
2/13 - Trollhaugen (Dresser, WI)
2/14 - The Root Note (La Crosse, WI) 
2/20 - Fitzgerald's (Berwyn, IL)
2/21 - The Cedar (SOLD OUT)
2/25 - Red Herring (Duluth)
2/28 - Folk School Coffee Parlor (Ludlow, KY)

*supporting Trampled by Turtles

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I Dreamed I Saw Paul Bunyan Last Night (Live at WAMU's Bluegrass Country)




bluegrasscountry.org

January Tour Dates

1/5 - 331 Club (Minneapolis, MN)
1/8 - Shattuck St. Mary's (Faribault, MN)
1/11 - Dubliner Pub (St. Paul, MN)
1/16 - Red Herring Lounge (Duluth, MN) #
1/17 - Yoga Health (Duluth, MN)
1/23 - Amazing Grace (Duluth, MN) *
1/31 - Kaufman Auditorium (Marquette, MI) ^

# supporting Siama Matuzungi
* with Ben Weaver
^ NMU Northern Nights Series presents Jonathan Rundman, Erik Koskinen, & Charlie Parr