The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - JOE BREEN

This new al­bum from re­cent Ir­ish vis­i­tor Char­lie Parr is a kind of taster of pre­vi­ous glo­ries, in­tended to help tempt folks into the warm em­brace of his ut­terly com­pelling coun­try blues. Parr, from Du­luth, Min­nesota, is an in­trigu­ing artist. Steeped in coun­try blues as a child, he makes mu­sic that seems as old as the hills and as sharp, rel­e­vant and hu­man as this morn­ing’s news. And, like the great blues play­ers, Parr sings about sto­ries of reg­u­lar folks, age­ing grace­lessly, labour dis­putes, re­sent­ment, life’s wheel of hope and dis­ap­point­ment. Es­sen­tially, th­ese grip­ping songs fea­ture just one man and his gui­tar, oc­ca­sion­ally aug­mented by his wife on vo­cals or some other low-key mu­si­cians, but Parr’s mus­cu­lar, lived-in voice and im­mac­u­late fin­ger-style play­ing fill the room with ease. If his name is new to you, then this well-cho­sen col­lec­tion is a fine in­tro­duc­tion. www.char­

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