Brooding blues with Charlie Parr

Charlie Parr. Photo by Jason Rosewarne.

Charlie Parr. Photo by Jason Rosewarne. - Credit: Archant

Acclaimed American singer and guitarist Charlie Parr will bring his melodic brand of folk-blues to Bristol next week.

Parr is a self-taught guitarist and banjo player, who grew up listening to his dad’s recordings of American musical heroes Charley Patton and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly.

His songs are inspired by a range of subjects, including family members, the Bible, overheard conversations and places he has visited throughout his life. His quiet and thoughtful shows always include songs about life’s struggles.

Parr hails from Minnesota and his 2011 album, Keep Your Hands On The Plow, featured several guests who also come from the Midwestern state. These included his wife Emily, banjo band Four Mile Portage and Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low.

Charlie Parr will be at The Exchange, in Old Market Street, Bristol, at 7.30pm on Monday.

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