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    Little Sun is Prolific Singer, Songwriter, and Guitarist Charlie Parr’s Latest Masterpiece

    Announcing Little Sun, the latest album from the eighteenth album from prolific Minnesota-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist Charlie Parr. Little Sun is available for pre-order now, and will be released digitally and on CD and LP on March 22nd and is available for pre-order here.

    Over the last couple of decades, Charlie Parr has crisscrossed the world on tour more times than one can count. He also has released over a dozen albums of his songs, acclaimed for their poetic simplicity. Little Sun, his most ambitious album to date, was recorded with Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, My Morning Jacket) and features Parr augmenting his raw and affecting songs with stunning full-band arrangements. The remarkable backing band here includes Marisa Anderson, Victor Krummenacher, Andrew Borger, and Asher Fulero. Masterfully channeling the philosophical and transcendental qualities of the blues, Parr takes us on a journey through the winding streets of his imagination.

    Album cover for Charlie Parr's Little Sun.
    Album cover for Charlie Parr's Little Sun.

    Reflecting on the project, Parr shares: “Up until this very album, my recordings have always been done live, with few if any overdubs and nearly always the first take—leave all the mistakes, missed lyrics, extraneous noise, and whatever else might happen there for the ages. Most records have been recorded in roughly the time that it took to play the songs. And that’s been fine, actually. Here’s a new way for me, though: here’s an album that was recorded live but in collaboration with producer Tucker Martine, who’s become a friend and trusted musical ally. You’ll hear what happened, so I don’t need to describe it to you, but I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work with this very talented group of musicians.”

    Little Sun is Prolific Singer, Songwriter, and Guitarist Charlie Parr’s Latest Masterpiece | Smithsonian Folkways Recordings