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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Charlie Parr on tour - "Stumpjumper" film trailer premiering at PASTE

Charlie Parr

Film trailer for "Stumpjumper" premiering at Paste Magazine
Filmed on location in Minnesota and North Carolina
Narrated by Phil Cook (Megafaun, Hiss Golden Messenger)

"The raw metallic resonator guitar sound of Charlie Parr registers as a magnet of sorts – in the same way we’re drawn to the curious sounds of Tom Waits and even the indie folk of The Mountain Goats." - Glide Magazine

June 18, 2015:  Charlie Parr's new album, Stumpjumper, was not only the first album the folk blues artist has recorded outside of his native Minnesota but his first to feature a full band. The album was recorded in rural North Carolina with producer Phil Cook (Megafaun, Hiss Golden Messenger). Cook put together a band of local players, setting up in an old outbuilding on the “Down Yonder Farm” near Hillsborough, NC to record the album.  Now, Cook and filmmaker Adam Heathcott have put together a short film trailer of the sessions, using additional footage shot around Duluth by Maxwell McGruder.  Phil Cook, a longtime friend and fan of Parr's, provides the narration and captures the feel of the North-South musical collaboration. 

"Phil is such an important person to me, so the fact that he's taken the time to do that film is a big deal to me - I feel pretty lucky to be working with him," says Parr. "That part of Hillsborough, NC really reminded me of home and that's what made the record what it is. The first hour we played together there it felt like we'd been playing together for years, the guys were just so comfortable and accomodating. They all give off that 'everything is OK' vibe, and you can hear it in the music."

While a legend in some circles, Northwoods songwriter/guitarist Charlie Parr may be a new name to some music fans. Long a part of the vibrant Duluth, MN, music scene (Alan Sparhawk and Low, Trampled by Turtles), Stumpjumper is Charlie's first album on Grammy-winning Minnesota indie label Red House. Parr has announced extensive tour dates through 2015; scroll down for a complete listing.

"Parr is a picker -- whether on National resonator guitars, dobro, or banjo -- who cut his musical teeth on Charley Patton, Woody Guthrie, and Lightnin' Hopkins, and his actual teeth on the canned meat packed at the Hormel plant in his hometown. A product of both elements, Parr's songs ring out with a working class ethos and a welcome home energy."  
The Bluegrass Situation

"Stumpjumper is a deep blues album first and foremost, but it’s Charlie Parr’s master craftsmanship at fingerpicking rhythms, and his folk-leaning songwriting that has liberated him from specific categorization." 
Saving Country Music

"The native Minnesotan’s style can best be described as new music from an older time – sometimes dark and desolate, sometimes raucous and danceable." 
- Dan Forte (Vintage Guitar)

“Parr may have been born during the Nixon era, but you can taste the grit of the Dust Bowl in his music.”
- Dusted

“Among the contenders in the every burgeoning indie folk, or new folk, genre, there are a lot of pretenders and acts trying desperately to “look and play the part”, but five seconds in front of Charlie Parr and you know you’re dealing with the real thing.” 
- Jim Beckman (KEXP)

“John Fahey described the music he collected on American Primitive Vol. 1 as ‘made under the influence of enthusiasm.’ The enthusiasm he spoke of was a kind of possession, whether Christian or diabolical he couldn’t be sure; a mode of ecstatic communication that intervened in the delivery of sacred and secular messages alike. Charlie Parr’s recordings, which make splendid companions to Fahey’s anthology, are similarly enthusiastic.” 
- Popmatters

Tour Dates:
WE 6/24      Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
TH 6/25       Charlotte, NC - US National Whitewater Center
FR 6/26       Wilmington, DE - World Cafe Live
SA 6/27       Windham, VT - The Frendly Gathering
TU 6/30       Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
WE 7/1        Nashville, IN - BigWoods Brewing
TH 7/2         Cincinnati, OH - Washington Park
FR 7/3         Berwyn, IL - Fitzgerald's-Berwin
SA 7/4         Stoughton, WI - Stoughton Opera House
TU 7/07       Cleveland, MA - Beachland Tavern
TH 7/9         Cambridge, MA - Atwoods Tavern
FR 7/10       New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall 2
SA 7/11       Greenfield, MA - Green River Music Fest
SU 7/12       Saratoga Springs, NY - Caffe Lena
FR 7/17       Remer, MN - Double Barrel Blues Fest
SA 7/18       Stillwater, MN - Stillwater Log Jam
SA 7/18       Minneapolis, MN - Patrick’s Cabaret
TH 7/30       Dubuque, IA - The Lift
FR 7/31       Red Wind, MN - Falconer Vineyard
SA 8/1         Somerset, WI - Somerset Amphitheater
SU 8/2         Marquette, MI - Ore Dock Brewing
FR 8/7         Shell Lake, WI - The Potters Shed
SA 8/8         Appleton, WI - Mile of Music
SU 8/9         Appleton, WI - Mile of Music
FR 8/21       Durango, CO - Durango Blues Train
SA 8/22       Durango, CO - Durango Blues Train
SU 8/23       Lyons, CO - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
TH 8/27       St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair
FR 8/28       St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair
SA 8/29       Friendship, IN - Whispering Beard Folk Festival
WE 9/2        Minneapolis, MN - Midwest Music Showcase @ Target Field
SA 9/5         Duluth, MN - Red Herring Lounge
SA 9/12       Ames, IA - DG's Taphouse
SU 9/27      Johnsville, CA - Lost Sierra Hoedown
WE 10/14    St Cloud, MN - Pioneer Place on Fifth Theatre
SA 10/24     Austin, MN - Paramount Theatre
SA 12/19     Lake City, MN - Oak Center General Store

Charlie Parr on the web:
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