King Earl

by Charlie Parr

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This one was recorded in Fatty Pant's rehearsal space in Duluth, MN, January, '04 by Jakob Larson. Tom Herbers mixed and mastered it. There are 13 tunes, featuring arrangements of two traditional tunes, and many new originals. It's got Charlie's (at the time) new 12-string on it, and of course the National and a banjo tune. Mikkel Beckmen returns to stomp on a board and play the washboard, and Christian McShane (of if thousands) plays the theremin on two tracks. Charlie thinks this is the best thing he's ever done.

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"There's splashes of instrumental brilliance the equal of Leo Kottke's 6 & 12 string, but really it's Parr's corruscating attack of a voice, heading down that dusty gravel road which raises the stakes here. As serious as your life, and twice as exciting - what a discovery." - Boomkat

"In an age of commercialism and celebrity and the turn of a quick buck, the soul saving melodies of Parr are like a breath of fresh air, timeless and majestic, princely and magnificent. If anything King Earl is a more rootsy and dusty affair than its predecessor, these square jawed gems have been blended from the finest ingredients and left to mature in oak wood casks until fit to burst." - Losing Today

credits

released March 4, 2004

Guitar [National Steel Guitar, 12-string], banjo, vocals – Charlie Parr
Washboard, percussion – Mikkel Beckmen
Theremin – Christian McShane
Engineer – Jake Larson
Mixed and mastered by Tom Herbers
Album design and photography by Christian McShane

All songs by Charlie Parr except tracks 1, 5, & 13 trad. arr. Parr

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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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