Charlie Parr – 1922

By • Jul 9th, 2008 • Category: Blues, Music

OK, here is another one of those songs that I had to find because of a bloody television ad (shades of Leslie Feist and 1234). This one is “1922” by Charlie Parr off his 2002 album of the same name.

Charlie Parr is a country blues musician from Duluth, Minnesota. His influences include Charlie Patton, Bukka White, Reverend Gary Davis, and Dave Van Ronk. He plays a National resonator guitar, a fretless open-back banjo, and a 12-string guitar.  in the piedmont blues style. Listening to him play and sing is like getting a primer in Americana and blues. His voice is near perfect and the picking style is just wonderful.

He also has a great sense of humour, this is from his website…

A confused and shy individual, Charlie Parr plays original and traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues, accompanying himself on National resonator guitars, 12-string guitar and sometimes a banjo. Parr has failed at most things in his life. Music seems to have rendered him unemployable and is the only thing he’s ever done with any confidence. With an unusual surge of motivation, Charlie’s released somewhere around 6 recordings of questionable quality at this point; and with good intentions firmly in hand, intends to release yet another collection of hastily penned folk songs at the beginning of fall. A lot of folks have been saying nice things about Charlie, despite the lingering odors and indecipherable comments he makes. It says a lot about folks; they’re hanging in there with him, in spite of himself.

So if you want to see what all the fuss is about, here is a clip of him playing 1922 live and I so want that guitar…

Charlie Parr is  highly Recommended and shouldn’t be missed.

There are some free tracks over at Last.fm (dont miss Spike Driver Blues) and there is more on his websites at www.myspace.com/charlieparr and charlieparr.com/

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  1. Hi,

    Been a fan of Charlie for a while now. We’ve been lucky enough to have him visit the UK many times. Delighted to hear he’s getting such great exposure ‘down under’.

    Just to let everyone know…Charlie’s myspace page has moved to www.myspace.com/charlieparrduluth after someone ‘hacked’ his old one. Some people have nothing better to do, eh…

  2. Just found some live soundboard recordings of Charlie Parr ovear at Archive.Org

    It was recorded last year
    Charlie Parr Live at Ed’s (No Name) Bar on 2008-01-27
    www.archive.org/details/CharlieParr2008-01-27.matrix.flacf

    There is some great playing on this recording.

    thatch

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