Meet Charlie Parr
Minnesota songwriter/guitarist Charlie Parr is accompanying his new studio album Stumpjumper with a UK tour which sees him play Bristol’s Exchange on August 8.
Most of Parr’s recordings tend to shun typical studio settings. Parr prefers to record in warehouses, garages, basements and storefronts, usually on vintage equipment, giving his work a raw and somewhat historic feel.
Following a health scare a few years ago, he lives very simply, no alcohol and a vegan diet, and doesn’t go in much for fashion and frills preferring to live simply on the road. Andy Howells recently put questions to the musician.
How did you first start out in music?
My Dad got me into folk music with his record collection when I was just little, I was hooked right away - not a day has gone by since without music.
Who or what has inspired you most on your musical journey?
Nearly everything - all the music I've ever heard, the weather, Lake Superior, my kids, National Guitars, my Dad, trees ...
Can you give us some background about your most recent record?
Stumpjumper was recorded in a barn in North Carolina with a few friends playing bass, drums, piano, fiddle, banjo, electric guitar, but not all at once. It's a band of sorts but it's not too overwhelming. We recorded it live over about 14 hours and then I left for Knoxville TN for a show.
You’re touring shortly are you looking forward to that?
I love touring - yes - I'm happy to be able to return to the UK.
What can people expect from your forthcoming Bristol gig?
It's best to keep expectations low, I sing folk songs and sit in a chair, not much else happens. I have some new songs to play along with some rearranged old songs and a few old folk/blues songs I've been kicking around.
What are you enjoying listening to at the moment?
Marissa Anderson, CW Stoneking, Michael Wohl, The G. Burns Jug Band, Keith Secola, Richard Dawson, Pelt, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes and of course live bootlegs of old Captain Beefheart shows.
What else have you got planned for the rest of the year?
More touring, then recording a new record. The usual stuff around home - walks with the dog, snow removal (sooner than later, probably), keeping out of trouble.
See charlieparr.com for further details.