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Premiere: ‘Over the Red Cedar,’ Charlie Parr’s first release with Red House Records

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by Jay Gabler

February 04, 2015

We're excited to premiere "Over the Red Cedar," a new song by Charlie Parr—and to share the news that the Duluth singer-songwriter has signed with St. Paul's Red House Records, which will release Parr's new studio album on April 28.

The album, Stumpjumper, marks the first time Parr has recorded a solo record with the support of a band. (He previously collaborated with the Black Twig Pickers on the 2010 album Glory in the Meeting House.) It's produced by Megafaun's Phil Cook, who oversaw recording sessions in his North Carolina studio. The album will include new songs by Parr as well as a take on the traditional murder ballad "Delia."

“Red House has always held an exalted place in my heart because of their connectedness to the Midwest, because of Greg Brown, because of Koerner Ray and Glover, Paul Geremia, Guy Davis and so on and on,” Parr said in a statement shared by the label. “Greg Brown introduced me to [late Red House founder] Bob Feldman at least 12 years ago on a farm in Wisconsin and he was so gracious and kind. I'm looking forward to being part of the family.”

The storied roots label shares Parr's excitement. Label president Eric Peltoneimi calls Parr "a mesmerizing artist" and says the signing is "one of the most exciting things we have done in recent years." Red House will simultaneously release Parr's album on CD, digital, and vinyl.

As he prepares to release his Red House debut, Parr is continuing to tour extensively—including three upcoming dates with Trampled By Turtles, one of which is at "the mother church of country music," Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. A complete list of Parr's upcoming tour dates appears below.

Stumpjumper track list

1. Evil Companion

2. Empty Out Your Pockets

3. Falcon

4. Remember Me If I Forget

5. On Marrying a Woman with an Uncontrollable Temper

6. Over the Red Cedar

7. Resurrection

8. Stumpjumper

9. Temperance River Blues

10. Frank Miller Blues

11. Delia

Upcoming Charlie Parr tour dates

TH 2/5 Bloomington, IN - Bluebird Nightclub (with Trampled By Turtles)

FR 2/6 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant (with Trampled By Turtles)

SA 2/7 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium (with Trampled By Turtles)

FR 2/13 Dresser, WI - Trollhaugen

SA 2/14 La Crosse, WI - The Root Note

FR 2/20 Berwyn, IL - Fitzgerald’s Nightclub

SA 2/21 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center

SA 2/28 Ludlow, KY - Ludlow Theater (with J.D. Wilkes)

MO 3/2 New York, NY - The Iridium

WE 3/4 Northampton, MA - The Parlor Room (with J.D. Wilkes)

TH 3/5 Cambridge, MA - Atwoods Tavern (with J.D. Wilkes)

FR 3/6 Winooski, VT - The Monkey House

SA 3/7 Rochester, NY - Abilene Bar and Lounge (with J.D. Wilkes)

SU 3/8 Albany, NY - The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio (with J.D. Wilkes)

TU 3/10 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe (with J.D. Wilkes)

WE 3/11 Maumee, OH - Village Idiot (with J.D. Wilkes)

TH 3/12 Milwaukee, WI - Linneman’s

FR 3/13 Bayport, MN - Bayport BBQ

FR 3/20 Minocqua, WI - Minocqua Brewing Company

SA 3/21 North Mankato, MN - Equinox Fair, Best Western Mankato

MO 3/23 Lutsen, MN - Papa Charlie’s

FR 3/27 Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theater

SA 3/28 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive

WE 4/1 Boise, ID - Nerolux

TH 4/2 Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern

FR 4/3 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios

SA 4/4 Missoula, MT - Top Hat Lounge

MO 4/6-WE 4/8 Reno, NV - Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

TH 4/9 Berkeley, CA - Freight and Salvage

TH 4/23 Winona, MN – Mid West Music Festival (Broken World Records)

FR 4/24 Stoughton, WI - Stoughton Opera House

SA 4/25 Zumbrota, MN – State Theatre Crossings At Carnegie presents - 7pm

Charlie Parr performs in The Current studio (August 2010)

Artist of the Month: Charlie Parr (October 2013)

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