Shelly Mosman


Charlie Parr

Every Sun. from Jan. 1-31
7 p.m.
Americana, Blues, Folk, Singer-Songwriter

It’s rare for a current musician to be so faithful to seemingly ancient forms—in Charlie Parr’s case, pre-WWII blues and folk in the vein of guys like Charley Patton and Son House—and still feel as present, as here, as the veteran Duluth singer-songwriter does. Following 2015’s Phil Cook-produced Slumpjumper, which was Parr’s first album to feature a full backing band, September’s Dog does feature additional instrumentation besides Parr’s warmly craggy voice and fleet guitar and banjo picking, including Dave Hundrieser’s harmonica and Mikkel Beckman’s light percussion. But the truth is he doesn’t need much accompaniment. Born of depression and uncertainty, Dog presents a down-but-not-out Parr; you can hear resilience on the title track and “Salt Water,” two standouts that encapsulate how hard the 50-year-old Parr’s honesty can hit. This show, with Superior Siren, starts Parr’s four-date Sunday residency at the Turf this month. With Feeding Leroy (Jan. 14), Chicago Farmer (Jan. 21), and Joseph Huber (Jan. 28).