Charlie Parr
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs, NY
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Many people play roots music, but few live those roots like Minnesota's Charlie Parr. Recording since the earliest days of the 21st century, Parr's heartfelt and plaintive original folk & blues doesn't strive for authenticity--it is authentic. This is the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player whose family replaced the TV with recordings of America's musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. With his timeless appearance and throaty, deadpan voice, Parr would fit comfortably into Harry Smith's "Anthology of American Folk Music." He plays an 1890 banjo and resonator guitars. Quiet, thoughtful and humble, Parr writes timeless songs that could easily pass as American Folk standards. Among the 15 cuts on his brand new album, Stumpjumper (Red House Records), are "Falcon," the story of a white man assimilated into the Ojibwe nation 150 years ago, "Frank Miller Blues," a story of Death helping a man finish his chores to pacify his wife before dying, and "Resurrection," the story of Lazarus.
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Caffe Lena (View)
47 Phila St
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Caffe Lena
On BPT Since: Jan 29, 2008
Sarah Craig