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Trail Mix – Charlie Parr

first_imgMinnesota singer/songwriter Charlie Parr returns with a brand new record.I fell in love with Charlie Parr’s music back in 2011, when I first heard “Jesus Met The Woman At The Well” off of his release Keep Your Hands On The Plow. Charlie’s sandpaper voice and old time banjo wailings captivated me, and I have been following him ever since.Steeped in gospel, folk, and blues, Charlie has been putting out records since 1999 that call to mind the deepest richness of Americana. On each record I hear echoes of the Appalachians and New Orleans, the Piedmont of North Carolina and the wide open prairies of the Midwest. Like a freight train chugging across country, Charlie pulls in sonic passengers and mashes them together, much like the beans and rice he often cooks on his manifold (more on that later).The end result is a music that is, perhaps, more singularly American than any other.I recently caught up with Charlie to chat about the new record, Spam, and manifold cuisine.BRO – You ventured outside of your native Minnesota to record Stumpjumper and this is your first project with a full band. What pushed you outside of your comfort zone for this project?CP – Phil Cook did. He’s been a great friend and supporter for me, and he encouraged me to get out and try something different. I’m glad I did, and if it hadn’t worked I know I still would have benefited from trying it.BRO – Stumpjumper is all originals, with the exception of “Delia.” What is it about this classic murder ballad that made you include it on the record?CP – “Delia” has been part of my personal soundtrack for ages. It just covers a lot – loneliness, regret, unrequited love, justice and injustice, grief. The different versions, and there are several recorded that date back to at least the mid-1920s, are varied and all have some amazing lines, and the whole thing started with one horrible night in 1895, which gives it the gravity it has.BRO – I know you play a variety of instruments. When you hear a song, during the writing process, do you hear it on a specific instrument or do you have to play around with it until you find the right match?CP – I actually don’t play a variety of instruments. I play guitar (reso and twelve string) and banjo, but I play them all the same. The songs I write can be played on any of the three, and it’s just kind of a  mood thing, when it comes time to play, as to which sound I want to hear while I’m playing a particular song. So it changes from time to time, and recording is just another time, so it depends on what I feel like doing just then.BRO – We are featuring “Over The Red Cedar” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?CP – It’s just kind of a meditation inspired by a conversation I’ve been hearing lately that usually goes along the lines of folks thinking times are okay, and then it turns out that they’re not. I walk a lot and find myself walking to water whenever there’s some around, so at least there’s that.BRO – You grew up in the hometown of Hormel. Be honest . . . did you ever get tired of Spam?CP – We rarely ate Spam, and for many years now I haven’t eaten any meat. When I was a kid, my dad preferred beef and cooked a mean chili. I don’t know for sure, but it might be that when you work in a pork processing plant, you might develop an aversion to certain foods. I can’t say for sure, I’m just guessing. Beans and rice will never let you down.BRO – When will manifold cooking gain distinction as haute cuisine?CP – Never. It’s too practical, not good for folks with control issues, resists a lot of variation, can be messy on your upholstery during prep, and is prone to unspectacular failures.It looks like Charlie is taking the month of May off from touring, but fans from the Midwest to the Rockies can catch him once June rolls around.For more information on Charlie, where his tour is taking him, or how to get your hands on Stumpjumper, please surf on over to Charlie’s website.  Also, be sure to take a listen to “Over The Red Cedar” on this month’s Trail Mix.And, if you want to get your hands on a copy of Charlie’s brand new record for free, Trail Mix and the fine folks at Red House Records would like to make that happen. Take a shot at the trivia question down below and email your answer to [email protected] A winner from all of the correct responses received by noon on Thursday, May 7th, will have a brand new copy of Stumpjumper shipped right to his or her own personal mailbox!Question . . . . As mentioned above, Charlie grew up in the hometown of Hormel. What Minnesota town would that be?And remember . . . . email your answers in. Putting the answer in the comment box below is just no fun for anyone!last_img read more

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Home worth adding to the wishlist

first_imgNow this is a jawdropping interior. 51 Orleigh St, West End.RELAXING outdoor rooms, spacious interiors and views of the Brisbane river are not too much to ask for in this idyllic riverside residence. Designed by L T Design architects, the three-storey house sits behind a high rendered front fence and features a warm and natural palette, timber and stone finishes and an abundance of windows letting ample light inside.The four bedroom, three bathroom, six car garage home at 51 Orleigh St, West End, is certainly one to add to the wishlist.Agent Josh Brown of Ray White New Farm described the house as the perfect blend of quality craftsmanship, innovative design and family functionality. He has it set to go to auction at 1pm next Saturday on site (September 23). A lucky buyer is going to have all this next weekend.Back inside, a spiralling staircase ascends to the second floor of the house, comprising another lounge room, four bedrooms and three bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling tiles.Two of these bedrooms have built-in wardrobes with mirrored doors and share a bathroom with a long shower and timber-finished vanity, while another has a walk-through wardrobe and an ensuite with a glass shower and mosaic feature wall. At the front of the level, the main bedroom offers plenty of space with its sitting room, walk-in wardrobe and private balcony overlooking the river. It also includes an ensuite, with marble tiles, a freestanding bath tub, glass shower and double vanity. Other features of the residence include ducted airconditioning, ample storage space, a six-car garage and a shed. What’s not to love?On entry to the first floor, high ceilings and down lighting complement polished timber floors in a front formal lounge room and central formal dining room.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoNearby is a powder room, while bi-fold doors open the lounge room out to a river-facing balcony with a glass balustrade. This I could easily do.To the rear of the floor is an open-plan living and dining room with louvre windows, along with a kitchen featuring long granite benchtops, Miele appliances, a window splashback and recessed ceiling. The cooking space also includes a butler’s pantry with granite benchtops that leads through to a laundry with access to an external drying courtyard. From the living and dining space, sliding glass doors open to a covered, tiled patio and a pool with a timber deck.last_img read more

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