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Discovery: Charlie Parr drives a mean 'Gospel Plow' (MP3 download)

Discovery: Charlie Parr drives a mean 'Gospel Plow' (MP3 download) charlieparr.com
Written by Roy Kasten
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Charlie Parr is a Duluth-based country blues musician, a juxtaposition of location and genre which is only surprising if you haven't heard of Bob Dylan.

At the deepest core of Dylan's music, in all its peregrinations, is, quite simply, the blues, especially the country blues, a point Dylan punctuated with his two mid-'90s albums "Good as I Been to You" and "World Gone Wrong."

Charlie Parr's career, which goes back to the early 2000s, has always stayed close to the howling, hieratic vernacular of Furry Lewis, Son House, the Mississippi Sheiks, Dock Boggs and Dave Van Ronk. Greg Brown, another Midwestern, contemporary country blues-based musician, has sung Parr's praises.

Just listen to Parr's take on "Gospel Plow" and you'll hear why.

Recorded in a baptist church in St. Paul, Parr's new album is "Keep Your Hands on the Plow," and features the talents of fellow Minnesotans Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker (of Low), among others. It's hard-scrabble, joyous and profound -- the way country blues should be.

You can catch Charlie Parr, live in St. Louis, at Off Broadway for a 7:30 p.m. seated show on Thursday, February 2.

"Gospel Plow" - Charlie Parr

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