From Austin, Minnesota comes traditional folk/blues musician Charlie Parr. Parr, who was raised on the music of acts lie Charley Patton, Lead Belly, Rev. Gary Davis and Woody Guthrie, is dedicated to preserving the folk traditions of an earlier era. His professional career was launched in 2002 with the released of his debut album Criminals & Sinners. His second album, 1922, followed in 2008 and featured the single "1922 Blues." The track was used in a Vodafone commercial in Australia and New Zealand and became a major commercial success, expanding his fanbase to an international level. Parr has since released 15 more studio albums, all of which continue to reflect the surroundings of his upbringing and his dedication to the folk/blues genre. His throaty voice, banjo and steel guitar playing has been compared to the likes of Dave Van Ronk, Dock Boggs and Tom Waits.
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