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Charlie Parr - self-titled: Album review

There’s something very charming about the cover of this CD by Minnesota-based folk blues artist Charlie Parr.

It’s a simple charcoal drawing of the artist but it drew me in at a time when I was in the mood to listen to something a little more soothing and gentle.

Not having heard Charlie’s music before, I wasn’t sure what to expect but it’s an interesting little album

Charlie Parr. Image supplied by Pomona PR (16386410)
Charlie Parr. Image supplied by Pomona PR (16386410)

And you know the songs are going to be a little different when you have titles like track one’s ‘Love is an Unraveling Bird’s Nest’, followed by track two’s ‘To a Scrapyard Bus Stop’.

This is real folk blues, complete with Charlie on his trademark resonator guitar and 12-string with co-producer Liz Draper on bass, longtime collaborator Mikkel Beckmen on percussion, Jeff Mitchell on electric guitar, accordion, organ and backing vocals and Dave Hundrieser on harmonica.

It’s a collection of new songs and new studio versions of some of the classics and audience favourites from throughout his career.The songs all tell a story.

It’s also an honest and raw recording after a freak accident where he broke his shoulder and had to re-learn how to play guitar.

The album is out now.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall

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