Charlie Parr + JD Wilkes
Tonight a terrific double bill for fans of blues, country, and roots music. Two musicians who also happen to be friends: JD Wilkes and Charlie Parr will both do a solo performance tonight.
Charlie Parr is a relatively late bloomer and excels at writing pure and raw country folk with blues influences. Next to heroes like Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly the Minnesota-based artist finds inspiration in numerous spirituals from the slavery days. Since 2002 he has released 15 albums of which 2017’s “Dog” is the most recent one. Parr is also admired for his lightning fast fingerpicking technique on guitar and banjo, and also praised for his funny anecdotes that he loves to share with his public. A good example of this can be found in the lyrics of the title track “Dog” of his latest album: “I have a dog, her name is Ruby but I call her Ruben, and we go for these long, crazy, chaotic walks”. Recommended to fans of Willie Watson, Dave Rawlings, Devil Makes Three and Tyler Childers.
JD Wilkes is best known as the front man of his band The Legendary Shack Shakers. This time around he is focusing on a different style of music, as he’s playing a semi-acoustic set. Wilkes is a multi-instrumentalist and is capable of playing banjo, guitar and mouth-organ. Next to being a musician he is also a filmmaker and visual designer. He has collaborated in the past with legends like Merle Haggard, John Carter Cash, Mike Patton and Hank Williams III. His latest solo album is called “Cattle in the Can”, which includes his own interpretations of traditional mountain music. Expect pure bluegrass and folk with a touch of hillbilly music, swamp and rockabilly.