Charlie Parr performs at DC9 on Dec. 11, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)
Redefining a career through a nationwide lockdown and its confusing wake hasn’t necessarily been a breeze for most musicians. But if any had experienced what one particular virtuoso guitarist from Minnesota went through in the years leading up to the pandemic, it would have likely given them strength to persevere the tougher-than-usual environs of 2020 and 2021.
An acclaimed Piedmont blues and folk blues master who grew up in a small city called Austin and never moved out of the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Charlie Parr took the stage at DC9 recently as a remarkable story of perseverance and unwavering commitment to one’s craft.
Charlie Parr (Photo courtesy the artist)
With a soulful voice and skilled resonator guitar playing, Charlie Parr recently held the crowd at the Black Cat at rapt attention. He briefly tuned his guitar before opening with the Ray Charles classic “C.C. Rider,” remarking, “We had a such a nice time on the way down, I thought this thing would be in better spirits.
Charlie Parr (Photo courtesy Red House Records)
Singer-songwriter Charlie Parr released an eponymous new album, a collection of new songs and new studio versions of classics and audience favorites from throughout his career on Sept. 27 via Red House Records. He’s been touring his personal brand of folk blues, and he makes another stop at Black Cat on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to play his songs.
Charlie Parr performs at the Chill on the Hill Summer Concert Series in Falls River, Wisconsin, on June 12, 2012. (Phto by Andrew Iverson)
Minnesotan Charlie Parr made a stop in balmy DC for a show at the Black Cat on Friday. I saw Charlie in Black Cat’s smaller, more intimate room about this time last year, so when I saw he was coming back, I knew I had to mark it on my calendar.
Charlie Parr (Photo by Nate Ryan)
Country bluesman Charlie Parr released Dog, his 14th studio album, last year via Red House Records. He’s embarking on a tour, and he plays at Black Cat on Friday, Nov. 2.
Charlie Parr performs at the Winnipeg Folk Festival on July 8, 2011. (Photo by Josh More)
Charlie Parr strolled onto the stage at the Black Cat and promptly sat down, plugged in his guitar, and started playing. What followed was a fantastic and intimate performance that I will never forget.
Charlie Parr (Photo courtesy Grandstand Media & Management)
About a month ago, country blues musician Charlie Parr released Dog, his 14th studio album, via Red House Records. Charlie visits Black Cat on tour with a show this Wednesday, Oct. 11.