Smart bets: Charlie Parr

Photo by Peter Lee

Songwriter and guitarist Charlie Parr, a Minnesota native, traveled to North Carolina to record his new studio album, Stumpjumper, with fellow musician Phil Cook. Released last month, it’s the first album Parr has written outside his home state, as well as the first to feature a full band. Red House Records describes Parr’s songs as “heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals that don’t strive for authenticity: They are authentic.” His songs are inspired by family members, the Bible, overheard conversations and places in his life — particularly the thriving music scene of Duluth, Minn. Charlie Parr performs at The Grey Eagle on Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. $10 advance/$12 day of show. thegreyeagle.com. Photo by Peter Lee. 

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Melissa Sibley is from a tiny town near the coast of North Carolina called New Bern, and will be a senior next year at UNC Asheville. She is a Literature major with an emphasis on Creative Writing, and a Psychology minor. She plans to stay in Asheville after graduation and continue to work on her personal and public writing through internships/employment with local publications. Follow me @MissMelissaSib

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