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Charlie Parr

Charlie Parr playing in downtown Duluth in 2004
Background information
Birth name Charlie Parr
Origin Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Genres Piedmont blues, blues-rock
Occupations Musician, Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Years active 2002 – present
Labels Misplaced Music, Little Judges, Shaky Ray Records
Notable instruments
National resonator guitar
fretless open-back banjo

Charlie Parr is a country blues musician from Duluth, Minnesota. His influences include Charlie Patton, Bukka White, Reverend Gary Davis, and Dave Van Ronk. He plays a National resonator guitar, a fretless open-back banjo, and a 12-string guitar in the piedmont blues style. He is married (to Emily Parr, who occasionally adds back vocals to Charlie's music) with two children.

As of May 2008, the song "1922" has been featured in an Australian and New Zealand Vodafone television ad. As a consequence Parr's album, 1922, was re-released in Australia on the Level 2 record label in Melbourne. In 2009, Parr toured Australia with Paul Kelly.[1]


Full-length Albums (all on CD)

Criminals & Sinners
  • Criminals & Sinners (2002; Shaky Ray Records SRR027. Re-released in UK in 2004 on Misplaced Music MM104, both out of print)
  • 1922 (2002; self released. Original jewel case out of print, re-released in 2008 in a handmade, letterpress sleeve with new artwork on cover and CD. Also out of print. Third release in 2009 on Level Two Music label from Australia has different cover art borrowed from 'Roustabout', as well as bonus tracks from a few of Charlie's other albums).
  • King Earl (2004; Misplaced Music MM107)
  • Rooster (2005; Little Judges LJ001 (jewel case), Eclectone Records ECL012 (digipak). Jewel case re-released in 2008.)
  • Backslider (2006; self released, live album, out of print)
  • Jubilee (2007; Little Judges)
  • Roustabout (2008, Misplaced Music MM113. Limited February 2009 LP release in UK (500 copies) out of print by August 2009).


  • Worried Blues (2008; End of the Road Records EOTR0007. A 7" LP single limited to 500 copies. Features 'Worried Blues' (from King Earl) and 'Write Me a Few Lines' (previously unreleased). More info: [1]


  • Iron Country (2003; Spinout Records SOR104. Charlie plays track 3: Right Between the Eyes)
  • Misplaced Pets (2004; Misplaced Music MM105. Charlie plays track 22: Roses While I'm Living)
  • Keepsake Volume 2: Covers (2005; Keepsake Records KR14. Limited to 100 hand-numbered copies with handmade, sewn packaging. Charlie plays track 5: Pretty Polly (by Doc Boggs). Out of print)
  • Duluth Does Dylan Revisited (2006; Spinout Records SOR116. Charlie plays track 1: Blind Willie McTell. More info: [2])
  • Rough Trade Shops: Singer Songwriter 1 (2006; Mute Records CDStumm273. Charlie plays track 13 of Disc 2: To a Scrapyard Bustop (from the album 1922) )
  • Concert For Kateri (2005. Limited to 100 hand-numbered CD-Rs; a 4 track EP. From a benefit at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, MN, celebrating Native American women in recovery. Charlie plays track 4: Green Rocky Road. The Brass Kings and The Intangibles also contributed music to this disc. Out of print)
  • The Lot: Echolocations Disc 6.1 (2008. This was the last of the subscription-only compilation discs pressed by EchoLocations (formerly InRadio) before the company folded. Charlie plays track 8: Coffee's Gone Cold (from the album Jubilee). Out of print)
  • He was also featured on the soundtrack to Who Killed Cock Robin?, which apparently was not well-received at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005. Charlie, who also acted in the movie, plays tracks 2 (Who Killed Cock Robin?) and 15 (1917; from the album, King Earl). Out of print)


External links

  • - "How a Duluth bluesman's tribute to his train-hopping father became the soundtrack for a corporate giant"
  • Parr's website


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