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
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