Charlie Parr to perform at The Orpheum Theater
HANCOCK – Musician Charlie Parr never had any formal training on any of the instruments he plays, which include the banjo and guitar. He taught himself how to play and play he does, and will be doing so at The Orpheum Theater Friday evening.
Growing up in Austin, Minn. without a TV, Parr became involved in music through his father’s records of Charley Patton, Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie, which lead to Parr wanting to create his own music.
“I loved it and it felt like I wanted to play the guitar.” Parr said. “I sat down with his records and taught myself how to play along. I guess I’m still doing that.”
Parr doesn’t know what it is about the music he was raised on, as well as other folk or blues albums, but it gives him a feeling that is almost indescribable.
“It almost makes you kind of tingle or vibrate. It moves you,” Parr said. “It’s almost like a chemical thing. I get excited about it. It’s hard for me to put it into words.”
Throughout the years, Parr has released several albums, but he has difficulty when choosing a favorite.
“The records that I like the best are usually the ones that I just finish,” Parr said.
When compared to other albums, most of Parr’s have been recorded in somewhat unusual locations, which include warehouses, garages, basements and storefronts. His latest album is “Barnswallow,” which was released in February of 2013.
When it comes to performing on stage, Parr said he’s not a fan of the line that’s drawn between the audience and the performer.
“I always like it when the audience is involved,” Parr said.
While Parr has played in quite a few places around the country, he’s looking forward to playing again in the U.P.
“I’ve been hearing some pretty good things about The Orpheum Theater. That makes me excited to go,” Parr said.