Blues for the Caribou River Wayside

by Charlie Parr

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Unreleased session recorded at Sacred Heart Studio on August 16, 2009.

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 "Ore Dock" thing is also a failed attempt at doing experimental guitar sounds, inspired by Bill Orcutt, Jack Rose, Alan Sparhawk etc. 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. I got back to the idea with "Hollandale" and thought it was much better, but I still want to try again. My favorite part of music is this feeling that I get that nothing's ever done and set in stone even when it's been recorded, and when you make mistakes (and I don't believe that you can make mistakes in music) you aren't causing any harm, you can just let the air calm and try again or you can rearrange those "mistakes" into another bit of music.

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released May 16, 2016

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Charlie Parr Duluth, Minnesota

"Parr is scruffy and uncomfortable looking, with a longish beard and balding head. He dropped out of high school in the 1980s, but he looks older than that. He's pathologically deadpan in his delivery of in between song banter. The crowd really enjoyed his depressingly hilarious dead cat story. He never smiles." - Lucy Steigerwald

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