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Author Topic: Two very good local roots & blues artists in the upper midwest  (Read 1665 times)

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Offline Doc Brainerd

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Hello all,

I have a couple of favorite local artists (Twin Cities/central Minnesota) that I've been compelled to share with others on this forum. Both play in very stripped down style with repertoires including healthy doses of pre-war blues and roots. I think other Juke listeners would likely enjoy their music as much as I have.

Charlie Parr is guy that reminds me of a cross between Alvin Youngblood Hart and Dave Van Ronk and seemingly channels the ghosts of Bukka White, Dock Boggs, and Harry Smith. His original material varies from washboard-accompanied rags to bleak bluesy meditations and odes.  His homepage includes samples of his music: http://www.charlieparr.com/

Lonesome Dan Kase is young guitarist who performs solo and as part of Crush Collision (with Matt Yetter on mando, and Michel Beckman on washboard). He plays some great versions of songs by Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Boy Fuller, Gary Davis, and Sleepy John Estes, among others. You can hear samples of his and Crush Collision Trio's music at his homepage:  www.lonesomedan.com/

I think these guys are both excellent musicians helping to keep alive roots and roots-style music.  They deserve to get some attention from Juke listeners (maybe even to get added into the Juke Radio rotation). I'd like to hear what other people think of these guys' music.

Greg

beamer1967

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Re: Two very good local roots & blues artists in the upper midwest
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2006, 09:06:55 PM »
I enjoy seeing Charlie play quite a bit although I'm not sure about the channelling and comparisons.  Personally,  I think he has his own style but does adapt to his live audience as well.  In particular, I've  enjoyed performances where he is accompanied by washboard.  Brooding - or meditation -  is a good word for many of his songs.

Haven't heard dan kase; yet another link to follow.  thanks.

-b

Offline Doc Brainerd

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Re: Two very good local roots & blues artists in the upper midwest
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2006, 11:08:53 AM »
For anyone not familiar with Charlie Parr, he's recently posted a link to a video interview/performance done for the web magazine Turnpike. Here's a link to the videos:  http://www.lawrence.com/turnpike/archive/2006-02-23/

Also, (from a link on his homepage) it looks like his last album got a fairly favorable review in the London Times:  http://www.charlieparr.com/

Greg

Offline DanceGypsy

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Re: Two very good local roots & blues artists in the upper midwest
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2010, 07:59:31 AM »
Here's a nicely shot video of Charlie Parr that I found this morning on undercover.fm.

http://www.undercover.fm/videos/172

Charlie does three songs: 'Up Country Blues', 'I Dreamed I Saw Jesse James Last Night' and 'South Of Austin North Of Lyle'.  The first two are on an old National and the last is on banjo.  This guy is the real deal; wish he would come through Memphis.

Offline Prof Scratchy

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Re: Two very good local roots & blues artists in the upper midwest
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2010, 09:27:30 AM »
Saw Charlie Parr in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago. He was good on his own, and great when joined by his support band, The Black Twig Pickers.  The BTP's were fantastic - young guys musically old beyond their years!

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