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by Charlie Parr

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Bethlehem 04:49
1928 04:08
Rooster 02:48
Gone 03:17
Ellen Mayhem 02:44
Cheap Wine 05:12
Samuel Grady 04:56


Charlie’s 4th independent release (2005). The album contains ten new original tunes, plus two traditional folk songs. It was recorded by Tom Herbers in a Duluth warehouse space using vintage recording equipment in a monophonic format. Rooster features appearances by Mikkel Beckmen on percussion, Molly Maher on slide guitar, ‘Banjo’ Dave Carrol (Trampled By Turtles) on banjo, Karl Anderson on upright bass, and Christian McShane (if thousands) on cello, guitar and the devil’s own ukelin. Lyrically, the songs deal with the usual litany of human miseries and occasional joys: aging, death, loneliness, god, regret and even love. The music draws influence from the rural music of the 20’s: rags, blues, and folk tunes. Parr plays banjo, baritone 12-string, National steel-bodied guitar, and a wood-body resonator guitar built by fellow Duluthians Jakob Larson and his father Daniel.

"Most of his repertoire consists of original songs that sound like whiskey-fueled, late-night laments and complaints, growled and spat out over a guitar in a room in a fleabag hotel during a particularly grim year of the Great Depression." - Rambles.NET

"Lots of blues musicians get the notes right. They play authentic chords and patterns on authentic instruments. They sound just like the old days, except they don't. Charlie Parr has somehow inhabited this music from the inside, letting it out in a way that's as natural as breathing -- and as vital." - Splendid Magazine


released September 28, 2005

Guitar [National Steel Guitar, 12-string], banjo, vocals – Charlie Parr
Banjo on "Rooster" – Banjo Dave Carrol
Slide Guitar on "Cheap Wine" – Molly Maher
Upright bass – Karl Anderson
Cello, guitar, Devil's own ukelin – Christian McShane
Percussion – Mikkel Beckmen
Recorded by Tom Herbers

All songs by Charlie Parr except tracks 1 & 12 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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