CHARLIE PARR is the eponymous new album by the Minnesota-based folk blues artist the same name. The album is a collection of new songs and new studio versions of classics/audience favorites from throughout Parrs career and will be released September 27 on Red House Records. Recorded at Pachyderm Studio in Canon Falls, MN, CHARLIE PARR features Charlies 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, backing vocals, and Dave Hundrieser on harmonica. The album is an honest and raw recording of Parr reflecting on himself and his career up to this point. Its a musical reckoning that came after a freak accident less than a year ago that forced him to relearn how to play guitar, causing him to take stock of the songs hes written over his lifetime. CHARLIE PARR is a stunning folk record that will surely stand the test of time, just like the man himself.
The accident on August 3, 2018 could have put an end to Parrs career. Only a month earlier he had made his first appearance at the Newport Folk Festival, bookending a summer year of touring and career highpoints. Then, while skateboarding with his daughter along Lake Superior, he hit pavement. His right shoulder was busted into pieces and his ability to play guitar on stage again was suddenly in question. But, when playing the guitar is intertwined with who you are, not playing really isnt an option.
He underwent surgery that left him with a metal plate and eight pins holding his reconstructed shoulder together. Within days, as soon as he could tabletop his guitar across his lap, Parr was playing again. Three weeks later he made a pain-filled return to the stage with an appearance on the Live from Big Top Chautauqua radio show.
Its the defining thing in my life, Parr says. When you think about yourself, you think, Thats what I am. Im the guy that plays guitar. So what happens when that gets stripped out? If theres any way you can keep doing it, youre going to keep on.
But not everything returned to the way it was; his outlook had been altered.
Im not really that interested in careerism, Parr says. Part of the effect of the accident was a reaffirming of whats really important to me. Thats not a music career, its just making music. Thats what counts the most having pure motives and loving intention.
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