Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Charlie Parr at the Viking Bar this Sunday, 9 - Midnight!

Come down this Sunday night, Dec. 4 to hear Charlie Parr at the Viking Bar, from 9 p.m. to midnight, for free! Spread the word and support one of the best musicians around and one of the most legendary, oldest and coziest music venues in town.

He's coming down from Duluth to play at his favorite venue, the Viking, with Mikkel Beckmen (Crush Collision Trio) on washboard and foot, and quite possibly a phenomenal harmonica player, Dave Hundreiser, a train engineer from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, who's inspired by the legendary Koerner, Ray and Glover. Parr continues the Viking Bar's four decades of hosting many of the best folk blues players in the world.

Parr's riveting original songs sound real old with his gravelly vocals and soulful playing on slide blues, 12-string and banjo. He's inspired by and also covers 1920's and '30's country blues musicians such as Bukka White, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell, and Rev. Gary Davis. There are harrowing tales of tragedy, bad luck, poverty and woe. There are murder ballads and songs about injustice that'll break your heart , inspired by his family and by what he's seen on the streets working with homeless. Others are about drunken mishap and mayhem. His haunting brand of footstompin' hillbilly blues will raise the hairs on the back of your neck, and make you put your feet to the floorboards.

If you haven't heard Parr, here's your chance, not to be missed! If you have, you know what to do! There's no better way nor place to chase away the end-of-weekend blues. He'll also have his phenomenal brand new 4th CD, Rooster, recorded by Tom Herbers, on all vintage recording equipment.

See you at the Viking Sunday Dec 4, 9 - midnight! 1829 Riverside Avenue, 612-332-4259.

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