“a fascinating feat of fine songwriting and quality production work.” – Glide Magazine
“Parr is a picker — whether on National resonator guitars, dobro, or banjo — who cut his musical teeth on Charley Patton, Woody Guthrie, and Lightnin’ Hopkins, and his actual teeth on the canned meat packed at the Hormel plant in his hometown. A product of both elements, Parr’s songs ring out with a working class ethos and a welcome home energy.” – The Bluegrass Situation
“Stumpjumper is a deep blues album first and foremost, but it’s Charlie Parr’s master craftsmanship at fingerpicking rhythms, and his folk-leaning songwriting that has liberated him from specific categorization.” – Saving Country Music.
“The native Minnesotan’s style can best be described as new music from an older time – sometimes dark and desolate, sometimes raucous and danceable.” – Dan Forte (Vintage Guitar)
“Parr may have been born during the Nixon era, but you can taste the grit of the Dust Bowl in his music.” – Dusted
“Among the contenders in the every burgeoning indie folk, or new folk, genre, there are a lot of pretenders and acts trying desperately to “look and play the part”, but five seconds in front of Charlie Parr and you know you’re dealing with the real thing.” – Jim Beckman (KEXP)
“John Fahey described the music he collected on American Primitive Vol. 1 as ‘made under the influence of enthusiasm.’ The enthusiasm he spoke of was a kind of possession … Charlie Parr’s recordings, which make splendid companions to Fahey’s anthology, are similarly enthusiastic.” – Popmatters
CHARLIE PARR ON TOUR
FR 1/27 St. Paul, MN – St. Paul Winter Carnival Rice Park Stage
SU 1/29 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
SA 2/4 Mankato, MN – The Gold Mine
FR 2/10 Zumbrota, MN – The Historic State Theatre
FR 2/24 Stevens Point, MN – The Encore
SA 2/25 Green Bay, WI – Lyric room @ Kegger’s
SU 2/26 Oshkosh, WI – Bare Bones Brewery
FR 3/3 Chicago, IL – The Hideout
SA 3/4 Davenport, IA – Daytrotter Festival
WE 3/22 Appleton, WI – Riverview Gardens
TH 3/23 Marquette, MI – Ore Dock Brewing Company
FR 3/24 Stoughton, WI – Stoughton Opera House
SA 3/25 Minocqua, WI – Minocqua Brewing Company
SA 4/29 Ludlow, KY – Folk School Coffee Parlor
TH 5/4 Waltham, MA – The Museum of Industry
Charlie Parr, amazing player, insightful writer and all around good dude, will be in Stoughton on Friday, March 24th at the Stoughton Opera House touring for Stumpjumper (click to stream). Give a shout if you’d like to be on the list.
Produced by Phil Cook in rural North Carolina, Stumpjumper harnesses the excitement of Charlie’s live show, highlighting his blistering finger-picking, foot-stomping blues and finely crafted songs like “Over the Red Cedar,” “Falcon” and “Remember Me If I Forget.” His songs are populated with a list of characters you wouldn’t ordinarily meet: old ladies going to buy “the cheap wine” (“they ain’t no better than the bums”), a woman with “an uncontrollable temper,” and people getting left out of getting the American Dream.
Long a part of the Duluth, Minnesota music scene (Alan Sparhawk and Low, Trampled by Turtles), Charlie’s inspiration is drawn from the alternately fertile and frozen soil of Minnesota; his songs exude a Midwestern sensibility and humility. He grew up in the Hormel meatpacking city of Austin, MN (population 25,000) where most of the world’s favorite tinned meat, Spam, is still manufactured. (He won't eat hot dogs to this day.) The combination of growing up with both of his parents working union jobs in an industrial meat factory and his largely rural environment had a broad impact on Parr.
Please contact me if you’re interested in talking with Charlie or checking out the show. Photos at https://www.redhouserecords.com/artists/charlie-parr.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Stoughton Opera House at 7:30 pm
381 E. Main Street
Stoughton, WI 53589
Stream Charlie Parr - Stumpjumper: https://soundcloud.com/red-house-records/sets/charlie-parr-stumpjumper/s-SImLw (downloads available on request)
Check out Charlie’s NPR Favorite Session
Charlie performing “1922” live