Friday, 26 January 2018

Charlie Parr - Cheap Wine

All these old ladies comin’ in here buyin’ cheap wine
Ain’t no better than all these bums comin’ in here and
buy cheap wine.

Lyrics of a typical Friday at a pub next to you :)

An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980's in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota.

Charlie Parr is scruffy and uncomfortable looking, with a longish beard and balding head, a singular songwriter who has built a dedicated grassroots following for his haunting, topical songs and virtuosic picking, not to mention the fact that he’s on the road 300 days a year. 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’s writing.

Charlie Parr influences include Charlie Patton, Bukka White, Reverend Gary Davis, Dave Van Ronk, and Mississippi John Hurt. He plays a Mule resonator, National resonator guitar, a fretless open-back banjo, and a 12-string guitar, often in the Piedmont blues style. He is married to Emily Parr, who occasionally adds vocals to his music. He has two children.

Charlie is of course on the road and will soon come to Europe for some shows, I would really see him live at a bar, but he will only do some shows at the west coast this route, so if he is visiting your city, do not hesitate, go and watch him, I’m sure it will be a evening to remember. See all the dates below.

Today’s tune "Cheap Wine” is a tune orginally taken from Charlie’s 4th independent release ”Rooster”, released September 28, 2005. But I picked the tune from "I Dreamed I Saw Jesse James Last Night" (live) on Best of the First 1,000: Highlights from, released 2010. The clip is live at Terrapin Station in Nevis Minnesota. September 14th, 2012.


Jan 28 Turf Club St Paul, MN
Feb 04 EKKO Utrecht, Netherlands
Feb 05 Schauspielhaus Bergneustadt, Germany
Feb 06 Kulturrampe Krefeld, Germany
Feb 07 LE BRIN DE ZINC Barberaz, France
Feb 08 Kraspek Myzik Lyon, France
Feb 09 Raindogs Savona, Italy
Feb 11 Theatre ABC La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland
Feb 12 Vintage Pub Munchen, Germany
Feb 14 Casino Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Feb 15 La Peniche Antipode Paris, France
Feb 16 Sliktones Oude Bildtzijl, Netherlands
Feb 17 HET PAARD The Hague, Netherlands
Feb 18 Cooperations Wiltz, Luxembourg
Feb 19 El Lokal Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 20 Kofferfabrik Fürth, Germany
Feb 21 Bethlehemskirche Berlin, Germany
Feb 22 Music Star Norderstedt, Germany
Feb 24 Livets Salt Tatuering Lysekil, Sweden
Feb 25 Café NäRA Boras, Sweden
Feb 26 Café Mono Oslo, Norway
Feb 27 Folk å Rock Malmo, Sweden
Feb 28 Mojo Bar Copenhagen, Denmark
Mar 01 Vera Groningen, Netherlands
Mar 02 Prince Albert Brighton, United Kingdom
Mar 03 The Cluny 2 Newcastle, United Kingdom
Mar 04 Burston Crown Cromer, United Kingdom
Mar 05 The Keep Guildford, United Kingdom
Mar 06 The Crescent York, United Kingdom
Mar 07 Wharf Chambers Leeds, United Kingdom
Mar 08 The Exchange Bristol, United Kingdom
Mar 09 Islington Academy 2 London, United Kingdom
Mar 10 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 11 Speelplaats Baars Baars, Netherlands
Mar 16 The District Sioux Falls, SD
Mar 19 Papa Charlies Lutsen, MN
Mar 23 Stoughton Opera House Stoughton, WI
Apr 27 Mid West Music Fest Winona, MN
Jun 01 Nelsonville Music Festival Nelsonville, OH
Jun 16 Blue Ox Festival Eau Claire, WI

More info @

Official Charlie Parr Web

Listen to ”Charlie Parr - Cheap Wine" on Spotify!

Follow on Spotify!

No comments: