Folk music has a long, storied past in Minnesota. Locally, the music dates back to the days of Bob Dylan and Koerner, Ray, and Glover, as well as folk instrumentalists like Leo Kottke, Steve Tibbetts and Paul Metzger. Among the current crop of roots-style pickers, Charlie Parr has sailed above as a performer for over a decade now.
With a very rich approach to his resonator guitar and banjo he fashions a
hypnotic blues based sound that gives age to his voice and playing. But Parr has conjured up a subtle shift in his playing as represented on his new record Hollandale. Using less of a song form and the space to improvise on melodies and rhythms, with the aid and encouragement from good friend Alan Sparhawk of Low, Charlie breaks new ground for himself and the modern day folk music scene. Released again on Duluth's Chaperone Records, Parr will be celebrating Saturday at the Cedar Cultural Center.
Amid all the activity Gimme Noise got Charlie on the phone. On a break in his pickup truck we chatted about Hollandale, music and the very healthy roots music scene.More »