New album 'Dog' available now on Red House Records!

My plans for this record changed nearly weekly in the months leading up to the actual recording session, and the recording session had been scheduled and cancelled three times. Over the past couple years I’ve been dealing and continue to deal with clinical depression, and the songs on Dog all seem to reflect a little of my state of mind about that. I initially thought to do a solo record, all alone, since these songs felt very personal, but then I thought I should bring a lot of people in and make it a large ensemble record and try and lift that heavy mood, and I thought “why not do both?”, I could do two records, one version alone and one version with a whole mob of folks. Then I crashed into another bottom and I cancelled everything, called everyone I’d invited and told them it was all off. I decided to just try and forget about it for awhile, maybe now wasn’t the time anyway. The realization came over me that I actually needed to record these songs though, if only just to get them to move along and stop harassing me. One more time I called the infinitely patient and kind Tom Herbers and scheduled time at Creation Audio in Minneapolis, then on very short notice asked Mikkel Beckmen, Dave Hundrieser, Liz Draper and Jeff Mitchell to come over and listen to the songs and see where we could go. We sat in a big circle and played the songs mostly for the first time, even for me the songs readjusted themselves to my friends’ personalities and we managed to let them go. And I’m grateful, and I’m still working it all out, and I’m glad to be doing so.

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On Tour

Charlie is on tour and coming to a city near you. Check the Tour Dates page for a full itinerary.

Paste Session

Charlie recently chatted with Paste Magazine about Dog and performed several songs from the new album. Watch the full session HERE.

Peaceful Valley Video

""Peaceful Valley" came from me trying to write a sad song and it got much too sad, so I re-purposed the bulk of it with this kind of silly-sounding junk rag I'd been kicking around," Parr tells NPR. "The video fits the song to a tee, and according to my kids the character of me in the video is a dead ringer for the actual me." Watch the new video HERE courtesy of NPR Music.

City Pages Cover Story

"Parr is no quitter. The lifelong Minnesotan has been making music for 42 years. He’s released 13 albums and built a fervent fan base at home and abroad, including seven tours in Australia and a dozen in Ireland. He played 272 road shows in 2016 alone. But his biggest achievement might be staying alive." Read the full article: Man of Constant Sorrow.

Older News

  • Spotify

    Stream the latest releases Dog, Stumpjumper, I Ain't Dead Yet, and more on Charlie's Spotify page .

  • Contemplify

    Charlie shares a reflection on Harlan and Anna Hubbard in this episode of the Contemplify podcast (also available on iTunes).

  • White Wall Session

    Watch live in-studio performances of "HoBo," "I Ain't Dead Yet" and more on season four of The White Wall Sessions.

  • Featured Download

    Read new reflections by Charlie, Mikkel, and Christian about recording King Earl and download a free live recording from the King Earl tour.

  • January Thaw Series

    Vols. 1 & 2 of The January Thaw Series (Live at the Turf Club) are now available for download on Bandcamp!

  • "Midwestern for Life"

    Check out Charlie's recently published article "Midwestern for Life" which appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of No Depression.

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