The Story of Charlie Parr

This interview was recorded at TAC headquarters a few hours before Charlie’s sold out show here in Bozeman, MT. I absolutely LOVED this interview with Charlie Parr. There is nugget after nugget of inspiration, folk culture, and tons of music references.

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Please also check out Charlie’s music as soon as you can! I highly recommend his newest album Stumpjumper.

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In this interview you will discover:

  • the story behind cooking food on the manifold of his Kia
  • the story behind drawing on his Dad’s record collection
  • the story behind Charlie being 250 pounds
  • his method for recording a record
  • his view on the modern folk tradition
  • and much more!

 

Comments

  1. Profile photo of Markov
    Markov

    This is the kinda thing that sets this site apart from anything else out there.
    Great stuff 🙂
    -P

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      Matt W

      Agreed. This is top shelf interview. It doesn’t get any higher than the top shelf.

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    Bobby K

    I saw Charlie play in NYC – he was fabulous! These interviews are fantastic, it helps me find and explore new artists.
    Charlie – keep on playing.
    Tony – keep the interviews coming
    Thank you.

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    Matt W

    Thank you Tony! Charlie is my all-time favourite musician. You did an incredible job as the interviewer! You were able to make Charlie feel at ease and the conversation had great flow! Your questions were well timed. The songs at the end were an absolute joy! Many thanks for being awesome.

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      Tony P Post author

      Matt,

      Thank you for watching, I am so glad you enjoyed the interview 🙂 I appreciate your kind words, thank you for the comment 🙂

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Andrew D

    Tony, that was your best interview to date! Not that your previous interviews were bad, but you are really coming into your own and ask some wonderful questions to get artists like Charlie to open up. What an interesting and witty guy he is, thank you for introducing him to us, can’t wait to hear more of his music along with his musical influences. I don’t mean to be greedy, but more please, keep those interviews coming.

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      Tony P Post author

      Andrew,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to watch this interview. Also, thank you for your kind words 🙂 There will be more… just filmed another one last week… I wonder who it will be… 🙂

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    James H

    Really enjoyed this interview.My Mom grew up in Superior,Wi.,across the bridge from Duluth and I have many fond memories of that area from my youth.I never tired of watching the ore boats entering the harbor there,and it was still cool to see when I went back to visit a few years ago.
    I noticed Charlie plays the slide with his pinky,just like Rory Gallagher did.That seems more natural to me,I am just starting to learn how to use one with the Gretsch Resonator I recently bought.I have been playing it with a flatpick mostly,but I really want to use the slide with that instrument more often.
    The more traditional way is to use the ring finger,but after watching that fine performance I am talking myself into using the pinky instead.Nice job on the banjo playing as well Tony,that was really fun to watch.

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      Tony P Post author

      James,

      Thanks for watching!!! Dig in with that slide and make that Gretsch sing 🙂

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Nathan I

    This is an absolutely fantastic interview – wow! Very interesting – gotta listen to this Mance guy now. I love the interviews this is greatness!

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      Tony P Post author

      Nathan,

      Thank you so much for watching, Mance Lipscomb will change your life 🙂

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Michael D

    Charlie Parr is such and awesome talent, and he seems very down to earth. I love his take on trying to learn a song note for note. Takes a little pressure off of us TACers that play your stuff 🙂 I also loved the performance of the two songs. Thanks for this, Tony. It certainly put a smile on my face 🙂
    Charlie also gave me a list of some music to seek out too 🙂

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      Tony P Post author

      Michael,

      So glad you enjoyed the interview!!! Charlie shed some great light on topics that many musicians face during the learning process.

      Cheers,
      Tony

  8. James Smith

    Charlie tells of the ways many players I new learned by ear only. Kile the two finger steel resonater playing. By the way was your banjo paying the claw hammer method?

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      Tony P Post author

      James,

      Thank you for watching the interview and enjoying it. Good eye, I was playing clawhammer style banjo on that tune 🙂

      Cheers,
      Tony

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        Phil M

        Tony,

        Great interview.

        Claw hammer banjo would be a great acoustic foundation course!

        Phil

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      Tony P Post author

      Michael,

      He is a magician of sorts with his technique… so much sound… and even more so, so much passion for what he does 🙂

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    DeeDee L

    The interview and playing was totally enjoyable. I could totally relate to him when he said he used to draw on the white album sleeves. I used to do the same thing, but my drawings were more of a scribble. It’s a must I have to download some of Charlie’s music. Thanks for sharing this great interview. Great job guys.
    With Smiles,
    Darleen

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      Tony P Post author

      Darleen,

      So glad you enjoyed the interview 🙂 Thanks for watching!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    peter m

    Tony (and Charlie),
    What an amazing interview! Thank you for sharing this with us. Now I need to get some of Charlie’s CD’s

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      Tony P Post author

      Peter,

      I am really glad you dug this interview, I highly recommend Charlie’s catalog of albums… you will find gems across his entire discography… in fact his entire discography is a gem.

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    David Cagle

    Tony, this was a great interview with Charlie. Being from Minnesota, Charlie is a home boy here and I am privileged to be able to see him play quite often. Many times in small venues or outdoor festivals where I could sit up close and watch his technique. I’ve been a fan of Piedmont style blues since I heard Mississippi John Hurt back in 1969 and Charlie’s mix and blend of styles along with just an old time aura make him a legend here. The piece that you played with him at the end of the interview gave me goosebumps, a sign of great music.

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      Tony P Post author

      David,

      Awesome!!! I am so glad you enjoyed the interview and the song at the end 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to watch it, Charlie is a musical treasure indeed!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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    Simone M

    Thank you Tony!!! Charlie is one of the living guitarists who have influenced me the most.

    TAC Song lesson suggestion: 1922, it’s so fun to play.

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      Tony P Post author

      Simone,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview, it was such a treat to have him come into the studio 🙂 Great song suggestion as well!!!

      Cheers,
      Tony

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