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Charlie Parr (Uncredited)

Charlie Parr

Charlie Parr’s new album, Barnswallow (release date February 2013), is his eleventh studio effort, and features 10 songs--eight original and two traditional.  In addition to Parr's trademark banjo and National Reso-Phonic guitars, Barnswallow features Mikkel Beckmen on washboard, Dave Hundreiser on harmonica, and Charlie on vocals (with Emily Parr adding harmony on one track).  The album was recorded live to tape at the Winona Arts Center and the cover art was done by Winona-based artist Jamie Harper.  Charlie's longtime collaborator Tom Herbers of Third Ear Studios in Minneapolis engineered and mastered the project and as usual the project has that same distinctive timeless feel, steeped in traditional folk and blues.  Bookended by the foot-stomping opener "Jimmy Bell" and closer "Rattlesnake" as well as "Motorcycle Blues," Charlie offers picturesque counterpoint with the pretty folk numbers "Badger" and "Jesus is a Hobo" (the latter featuring Emily on backing vocals).

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Charlie Parr 2/26/14: Charlie Parr

The self-taught Minnesota guitarist and banjo player brings his heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals.

Charlie Parr

The self-taught Minnesota guitarist and banjo player brings his heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals.

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