Charlie Parr

Extraordinary folk blues

July 7

Door at 5 pm | Show at 6:00 pm*

*Note the later start time

$20 General  

$18 UCBG Member

$15 Youth (5 – 17)


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Charlie Parr

A very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin, Minnesota in the 1980’s in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth, Minnesota.

Percussive and raw, the 11 songs on Parr’s most recent album Stumpjumper, 10 originals and his version of the venerable murder ballad, “Delia,” could be lost field recordings from another era. His blistering picking — he switches between acoustic guitar, dobro and banjo — and keening, cut-through-the crowd vocals resonate with a conviction that runs deep and true. It’s the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up listening to his dad’s recordings of America’s musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. His influences also include Bukka White, Reverend Gary Davis, Dave Van Ronk, and Mississippi John Hurt.  His heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don’t strive for authenticity, they are authentic.

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Charlie Parr