Today’s’ lunchtime in store at Basement Discs featured American country blues artist Charlie Parr who I admit I had previously never heard of or even knew about. Charlie describes himself on his website as follows:
“Charlie Parr has failed at most things in his life. Music seems to have rendered him unemployable and is the only thing he’s ever done with any confidence. A lot of folks have been saying nice things about Charlie, despite the lingering odors and indecipherable comments he makes. It says a lot about folks; they’re hanging in there with him, in spite of himself.”
A self deprecating kind of guy, he surprised me greatly as the photo I found for the in store poster made him look quite old, when in fact he’s fairly youthful (40 years old). He’s a whiz bang of a performer and played some very sweet blues, picking guitar with consummate skill. He also has a great voice, hard to describe, but perfect for the type of music he promulgates.
There was a big crowd at Basement Discs to hear Charlie play and he gave generously of his time, playing for forty-five minutes or so.
Or check out this video of him singing his relatively famous song 1922