Central Lakes College’s Verse Like Water series will host Charlie Parr at noon Wednesday, Sept. 1, on the south lawn of CLC in Brainerd.
Verse Like Water series is celebrating its 10th year. The series had plans to host U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky in late September, but had to cancel the event.
Born and raised in Austin, Parr first grabbed a guitar at age 8. According to his bio on his website, 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.
Throughout Parr’s music a person can hear his sense of place.
“These are songs from the iron country. They are tales from the paper mill. You can hear the fisheries and the Boundary Waters,” his bio stated. “In ‘Last of the Better Days’ you are met by someone who prizes quiet reflection over hustle and who shuns distraction for a long walk in the woods.”
Parr’s new album, “Last of The Better Days Ahead,” is a collection of powerful songs about how a person 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, the bio stated.