Thursday, August 31, 2017


Stream the new album, "Dog" premiering at Folk Alley's "Hear it First"
 Featuring the blistering picking, offbeat characters and raw emotion that has made him a cult favorite

Dog set for release September 8; pre-order at iTunes and Amazon
Parr announces fall tour dates including AmericanaFest  

August 30, 2017: Charlie Parr is premiering his latest album, Dog, as a "Hear It First" selection at Folk AlleyDog, out on September 8 on Red House, features the blistering picking, offbeat characters and honest emotion that has made him a cult favorite. It's raw, even painful at times, as on the darkly humorous "Pleasant Valley," sung from the point of view of a hoarder and the title track, which examines the way we treat our fellow creatures. 

Fans who have been following Charlie through his previous 13 full-length albums and years of nonstop touring already know that the Duluth, MN-based songwriter has a way of carving a path straight to the gut. On Dog, however, he seems to be digging deeper and hitting those nerves quicker than ever before on these songs dealing with homelessness, mental health issues and the quest for understanding. It turns out that Charlie’s been grappling with his own demons.

“I had some really, really bad depression problems over the last couple years,” he explains. “I've been trying to get fit, trying not to drink so much, trying not to do the rock 'n' roll guy thing. And then I got depressed. Really depressed. And to me, depression feels like there's me, and then there's this kind of hazy fog of rancid jello all around me, that you can't feel your way out of. And then there's this really, really horrible third thing, this impulsive thing, that doesn't feel like it's me or my depression. It feels like it's coming from outside somewhere. And it's the thing that comes on you all of a sudden, and it's the voice of suicide, it's the voice of ‘quit.’”

“These songs have all kind of come out of that. Especially songs like ‘Salt Water’ and ‘Dog,’ they really came heavily out of just being depressed, and having to say something about it.”

Despite the album’s darker moments, it's also a reflection on how far he’s come — and that he's accepted that some things are simply unknowable.

Charlie is on tour throughout 2017. Highlights include two nights at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, MN and multiple festival stops including AmericanaFest in Nashville on September 15.


TH  9/7      Duluth, MN - Sacred Heart Music Center (with Dave Simonett)
TH  9/14    Nashville, TN -  Family Wash - AmericanaFest
FR  9/15    Mount Vernon, OH - Ohiolina Music Festival
SA  9/16    Bristol, TN - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
SU  9/17    Newport, KY - Southgate House
WE  9/27    Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
FR   9/29    South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
MO  10/2    Cambridge, MA - Atwood’s Tavern
WE  10/4    New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
TH   10/5    Philadelphia, PA - Boot and Saddle
SA  10/7     Milheim, PA - Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks
WE 10/11   Washington, DC - Black Cat
TH  10/12   Roanoke, VA - 5 Points Music Sanctuary
FR  10/13   Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
TH  10/19    Indianapolis, IN - The HiFi
SA  10/21    Chicago, IL - Schubas
FR  10/27    Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar Cultural Center
SA 10/28     Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar Cultural Center
SA  12/16    Lake City, MN - Oak Center General Store


"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. 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)

“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 … Charlie Parr’s recordings, which make splendid companions to Fahey’s anthology, are similarly enthusiastic.” - Popmatters

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