harlie Parr Announces New Album, Tour & Single

Today, Charlie Parr has announced his new album, Dog, out September 8th on Red House Records. The Duluth, MN based virtuoso has long been making music but spent most of his years working with the homeless throughout the Northern Minnesota region, while playing shows at night. His observations from his time spent working with the less fortunate, coupled with his own life path make for a rich well of stories to draw upon. Those day-in-the-life narratives together with his incredible acumen as a guitarist have rightfully earned him his rabid fanbase both here in the US and in Europe.

The title track off the forthcoming album is available today. “I have a dog, her name is Ruby but I call her Ruben, and we go for these long, crazy, chaotic walks,” said Charlie of the track’s inspiration. “Because I decided a long time ago that I get along really well with this dog, and I was taking her for walks, and she wanted to go this way, and I wanted to go that way. And then I thought, why are we going to go this way and not that way? Maybe I should be the one getting walked. Maybe I’ll learn something. So I follow the dog.”


Dog, is Parr’s most personal record yet. Its an album that focuses on emotional issues, issues of mental health and the existential examinations of life, the soul, and the purpose of life and living. Originally, Charlie had planned to record these songs stripped down and alone but at the urging of a friend, he ended up asking his most trusted collaborators to play on the record.  Experimental folk artist Jeff Mitchell, percussionist Mikkel Beckman, harmonica player Dave Hundreiser, and bassist Liz Draper, who traded her typical upright bass in for an electric at Charlie’s request, found an instant chemistry in the studio, capturing some of the tracks on the first take.

Charlie Parr is on tour throughout 2017. Highlights include two nights at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, MN and multiple festival stops including Magic City Blues Festival in Billings, Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman, Whispering Beard Folk Festival in Cincinnati and Bristol Rhythm and Roots in Tennessee.  For full tour dates see below.


1. Hobo

2. Dogo

3. Salt Water

4. LowDown

5. Sometime’s I’m Alright

6. Rich Food and Easy Living

7. I Ain’t Dead Yet

8. Boiling Down Silas

9. Another Dog

10. Peaceful Valley


Jul 01 – Fitzgerald’s Berwyn – Berwyn, IL

Jul 07 – Buffalo Record Shop – Kearney, NE

Jul 08 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO

Jul 09 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT

Jul 14-15 – Northwest String Summit – North Plains, OR

Jul 21 – Hotel Utah Saloon – San Francisco, CA

Jul 22 – Crow’s Feet Commons – Bend, OR

Jul 26 – The Green Frog – Bellingham, WA

Jul 28 – Pitchfork Social – Salt Spring Island, BC

Jul 29 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA

Jul 31 – Aug 2 – Peppermill Resort, Spa & Casino – Reno, NV

Aug 04 – Magic City Blues Festival – Billings, MT

Aug 05 – Sweet Pea Festival – Bozeman, MT

Aug 09 – Mill City Live – Minneapolis, MN

Aug 11 – Falconer Vineyard – Red Wing, MN

Aug 17 – The 218 – Virginia, MN

Aug 19 – Neer Park – New London, MN

Aug 24 – Whispering Beard Folk Festival – Cincinnati, OH

Aug 26 – Porcupine Mountains Music Festival – Ontonagon, MI

Sept 01 – Lost Valley Visitor Center – Richmond, IL

Sept 03 – New Muster Ball Park – New Munster, WI

Sept 15 – Ohiolina Music Festuval – Mount Vernon, OH

Sept 16 – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival – Bristol, TN

Sept 17 – Southgate House – Newport, KY

Sept 23 – Boats & Bluegrass Festival – Winona, MN

Sept 27 – Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA

Sept 29 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT

Oct 01 – Truro Vineyards – Truro, MA

Oct 04 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY

Oct 05 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA

Oct 07 – Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks – Milheim, PA

Oct 11 – Black Cat – Washington D.C.

Oct 12 – Five Points Music Sanctuary – Roanoke, VA

Oct 13 – The Mothlight – Asheville, NC

Oct 21 – Schubas – Chicago, IL

Dec 16 – Oak Center General Store – Lake City, MN

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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