Renowned picker and Minnesota folk blues artist Charlie Parr has released a new video for his comical misadventure “On Stealing a Sailboat” from his most recent album, his first simply titled CHARLIE PARR. The song describes a misadventure with a friend, “Ed” (a Tommy Chong-esque character) who decides it will be a gas to steal a sailboat. Charlie, under protest, goes along and ends up holding the bag, so to speak. (Who knew they had cops on boats?!) The video was shot in Bayfield, WI on Lake Superior and unlike most of Charlie’s videos, he actually stars in this one along with the mysterious “Ed,” who instigates the caper.
The video, created by PoleCat Productions, features old-time title cards and saturated retro color — it’s like a vintage family home movie where things go terribly wrong.
Charlie will also be playing a limited number of outdoor shows in the upper Midwest (see dates below). The shows are all limited capacity, masked outdoor events. Parr usually spends 300-plus dates a year on the road. During the pandemic, he’s been busy with virtual appearances and benefits in his home state of Minnesota.
CHARLIE PARR is the first album — and there are 13 others — that Parr he felt like putting his name on. It’s a bit of the new, a bit of the old, and a bit of what’s motivated and moved him. Most importantly, it’s an audio tour of his life and career to date and a celebration of more songs and stories to come.