charlie parr Worried Blues / Write Me a Few Lines (7", £4.10)label: End of the Road Records
It must be a crazy world when "authentic" is a term used to separate an artist from the pack. Charlie Parr is a folk and country blues musician who is routinely labelled "the real deal" by fans and critics alike. Charlie shows up with a lived-in rasp of a voice, National resonator and 12-string acoustic guitars, a banjo and a batch of his own songs and well-travelled numbers by Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton and other cohorts from another time. He lays it on you, and you sense that the gamblers, the union workers, the criminals and the sinners that wander around his songs are peering right over your shoulder. On his first vinyl 7" are the instantly likeable Worried Blues and a Mississippi Fred McDowell cover.
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