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King Earl

by Charlie Parr

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Union Tramp 03:06
King Earl 04:24
Mule Rider 02:28
1917 04:02


"I’d been playing the songs that made up King Earl for a while, they were culled from a failure of a short piece of fiction of the same name and the rest of the songs mined from that little book were used later for the Rooster album. So I’d been playing them for some time live and they were as familiar and realized as they could be at that point in time. The session was a show with no audience, we recorded live to the microphones and tape machine, barely letting the room go quiet before we started the next song. Every single step of the process (mixing, mastering, artwork, what have you) took longer than the actual recording session. I haven’t strayed too far from that model to this day, preferring to capture a moment rather than create one and let the listener use this captive, this shadow of an evening, to create their own moment."

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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


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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