Charlie Parr Performing At Whispering Beard Folk Festival – 8/29

Charlie Parr
Charlie Parr

Saturday, August 29 @ TBA
Old Mill Campground, 7249 First St, Friendship, IN, 513-787-1232
Tickets: $70-75 ADV, $80 DOS
Charlie is part of the Duluth, MN, music scene (Alan Sparhawk and Low, Trampled by Turtles) but he made the album in the South this time, traveling to rural North Carolina to record with fellow musician Phil Cook (Megafaun, Hiss Golden Messenger).  He joined Cook and a cast of local players, setting up in an old outbuilding on the “Down Yonder Farm” outside HIllsborough, NC. As well as being the first album Charlie has recorded outside of his native Minnesota Stumpjumper is his first to feature a full band.

Parr’s songs exude a Midwestern sensibility and humility. He grew up in the Hormel meatpacking city of Austin, MN (population 25,000) where most of the world’s favorite tinned meat, Spam, is still manufactured. (He doesn’t eat meat.) The combination of growing up with both of his parents working proud union jobs in an industrial meat factory and his largely rural environment had a broad impact on Parr and comes through in his songs, as well as being surrounded by music —  his father’s record collection (Charley Patton and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly) and his older sister’s (Captain Beefheart, rock’n’roll). More on Charlie at