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Charlie Parr
Charlie Parr

First seen by this very writer playing to tourists in a Duluth diner, Charlie Parr has come a long way since those modest beginnings and is now rightfully regarded as one of the best modern proponents of the sort of folk blues that can be found on Harry Smith's 'Anthology of American Folk Music'. His new album (as the eponymous title perhaps suggests) is a fresh start for Parr after an accident rendered him unable to play. It's a mixture of new songs and re-works of older tracks as Parr partially looks back on his career so far. 

Charlie Parr
Cheap Wine

If you are new to the blues stomp and heartbreaking ballads of Duluth country blues raconteur Charlie Parr then this is as good a place to start as any. It's a 2011 era compilation of all his best bits to date taken from a series of albums on a multitude of labels. No-one does this kind of lowdown storytelling blues and folk better than Charlie Parr yet it was Seasick Steve who got famous. Another of a million reasons why the world is an unfair place. 

Charlie Parr
Stumpjumper

Charlie Parr’s first album featuring a full-on backing band, Stumpjumper’s got us all excited and digging up our 1930s Appalachian miners’ outfits. With his intense fingerpicking style and vocals reminiscent of a less strained Roscoe Holcomb, we're eager to discover how this guy will sound with an entire band.

Glenn Jones / Black Twig Pickers with Charlie Parr
Even To Win Is To Fail / Eastmont Syrup