Little Sun, Charlie Parr's 18th album, marks a departure from his previous recorded-live releases. The album features Parr on vocals, guitar, and harmonica, alongside notable musicians like Marisa Anderson, Victor Krummenacher, and Andrew Borger.
For the past couple of decades, Charlie Parr has toured extensively worldwide and released over a dozen acclaimed albums known for their poetic simplicity. His latest album, Little Sun, produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, My Morning Jacket), showcases Parr's raw songs with full-band arrangements featuring Marisa Anderson, Victor Krummenacher, Andrew Borger, and Asher Fulero. Parr masterfully channels the blues' philosophical qualities, taking listeners on a journey through his imagination.
Parr, a celebrated folk singer and songwriter, immerses listeners in his brand of roots music, while being celebrated by the likes of No Depression, Folk Alley, and Folk Radio. In fact, No Depression has written, “They don’t make them like Parr anymore - the sponge-like folk troubadour that imparts all he’s absorbed, beckoning us closer to sit cross-legged at his feet and listen, and to find crumbs of our own stories within his.” Meanwhile, Folk Alley shared, “Many people play roots music, but few modern musicians live those roots like Minnesota’s Charlie Parr.” And Folk Radio concurs, “If you’ve yet to be convinced about American roots music, Charlie Parr could easily go a long way to convincing you of its worth.”
Reflecting on the album, Parr explains his shift from live recordings to a collaborative process with Martine, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to work with such talented musicians. Parr shares, “Up until this very album, my recordings have always been done live, with few if any overdubs and nearly always the first take - leave all the mistakes, missed lyrics, extraneous noise, and whatever else might happen there for the ages. Most records have been recorded in roughly the time that it took to play the songs. And that’s been fine, actually. Here’s a new way for me, though: here’s an album that was recorded live but in collaboration with producer Tucker Martine, who’s become a friend and trusted musical ally. You’ll hear what happened, so I don’t need to describe it to you, but I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work with this very talented group of musicians.”