Minnesota-based singer-songwriter Charlie Parr will return to Montana for two shows in 2021: the first at The Elm in Bozeman on Friday, October 15th and second at The Wilma in Missoula on Saturday, October 16th.
Sixteen albums later, Charlie Parr continues to deliver honest and heartfelt stories through his mesmerizing blend of folk and blues. His new album, Last of The Better Days Ahead, is a collection of powerful songs about how one looks back on a life lived, as well as forward on what’s still to come. Its spare production foregrounds Parr’s poetic lyricism, his expressive, gritty voice ringing clear over deft acoustic guitar playing that references folk and blues motifs in Parr’s own exploratory, idiosyncratic style.
Like Parr’s studio work, his live shows are a raw and intimate experience that take over the audience. Ask in anyone who came to his last couple shows in Montana and they’ll tell you the same. Both the ELM and Wilma concerts will be seated events, which will be a relaxing way to enjoy the Parr performance.
PUBLIC ON SALE: Tickets for both shows will go on sale to the general public Fri, July 30th at 10:00am, and will be available at the Top Hat in Missoula, online or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. Advanced general admission seating tickets are available. All ages are welcome. Visit the specific event page below for tickets and more info.
About Charlie Parr
Born and raised in Austin, Minnesota, Charlie Parr first grabbed a guitar at age 8. To date, he has never had a formal lesson, but wows crowds with his incredible fingerpicking on his 12 string baritone resonator, guitar and banjo. All that locomotive melodic work is simply the scenery in the tales he’s spinning lyrically. Early in his career, Parr was employed by the Salvation Army as an outreach worker. He spent his days tracking the homeless in Minneapolis, providing blankets and resources. But they offered him something greater in return. The experience completely rewired him and left him with a newfound respect for human resilience. And along the way, he collected stories from the folks he would meet. These characters continue to show up in Parr’s songs even today.
Charlie Parr’s new album, Last of The Better Days Ahead, is a collection of powerful songs about how one looks back on a life lived, as well as forward on what’s still to come. Its spare production foregrounds Parr’s poetic lyricism, his expressive, gritty voice ringing clear over deft acoustic guitar playing that references folk and blues motifs in Parr’s own exploratory, idiosyncratic style. “Last of the Better Days Ahead is a way for me to refer to the times I’m living in,” says Parr. “I’m getting on in years, experiencing a shift in perspective that was once described by my mom as ‘a time when we turn from gazing into the future to gazing back at the past, as if we’re adrift in the current, slowly turning around.’ Some songs came from meditations on the fact that the portion of our brain devoted to memory is also the portion responsible for imagination, and what that entails for the collected experiences that we refer to as our lives. Other songs are cultivated primarily from the imagination, but also contain memories of what may be a real landscape, or at least one inspired by vivid dreaming.”