The acoustic Blues Folk revival of the early ’60s — which lured a younger generation to Greenwich Village from places like small-town Minnesota to learn the songs and guitar- and banjo styles of older Southern and Appalachian musicians — seems like ancient history now.
But meet Charlie Parr. He makes the old new. He has recorded 11 studio albums that treat this traditional American music as a living, evolving musical form. On his most recent record, this year’s Barnswallow, he sings gruffly and plays banjo and two National steel guitars along with accompanists on washboard, thumb piano, harmonica, jaw-harp and stomping feet.
Charlie Parr performs Saturday, Dec. 14, at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. Find more info here.