Minnesota/based singer/songwriter/guitarist Charlie Parr has just released his new song, “Portland Avenue.” The song will appear on his new album, Little Sun, which will be released on March 22nd via Smithsonian Folkways.

Of the song, Parr shares, “Do you know your neighbors? How big is your neighborhood? A city block? A cul-de-sac? A town? County? State? Can a neighborhood be a whole country? Continent? World? Mom uses the word ‘neighbor’ as a verb, as in: ‘we don’t neighbor like we used to.’ It’s fluid now, though, isn’t it? Can we have cyber-neighbors? Lend support and care like we used to lend cups of sugar?” 

Listen to “Portland Avenue” below.

Notably Parr’s first ever album to not be recorded entirely live, Little Sun was produced by close friend and collaborator Tucker Martine (Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket) in Portland, Oregon during the worst snowstorm the city had seen in decades. Across these eight tracks, including previously release song, “Boombox,” Parr offers a clarifying work that reflects on the world and people around him. 

In addition to Parr (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Little Sun — his eighteenth album — features highly acclaimed guitarist Marisa Anderson as well as background vocals from Anna Tivel along with Andrew Borger (drums, percussion), Asher Fulero (piano, Hammond, keys) and Victor Krummenacher (electric bass, upright bass, bass VI). 

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.

Parr will continue to tour through this spring including shows at Milwaukee’s Vivarium, Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk, Cambridge’s Club Passim, New York’s Mercury Lounge, Washington, D.C.’s Jammin’ Java, Nashville’s Legion Post 82, Denver’s Bluebird Theater, Seattle’s The Crocodile, San Francisco’s The Chapel, Los Angeles’ Gold Diggers and Minneapolis’ First Avenue among many others. See below for complete tour itinerary. Full details can be found at www.charlieparr.com/tour-dates.


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  1. Portland Avenue
  2. Little Sun
  3. Bear Head Lake
  4. Boombox
  5. Pale Fire
  6. Ten Watt
  7. Stray
  8. Sloth

Tour dates:

March 1—Green Bay, WI—Cellar + Creek Series
March 2—Duluth, MN—Sacred Heart Music Center
March 3—Cedar Falls, IA—Octopus College Hall
March 7—Milwaukee, WI—Vivarium*
March 8—Stoughton, WI—Stoughton Opera Hall*
March 9—Chicago, IL—Old Town School of Folk*
March 10—Ann Arbor, MI—The Ark*
March 11—Rochester, NY—The Lovin Cup
March 12—Cambridge, MA—Club Passim+
March 13—Gloucester, MA—The Cut+
March 14—Exeter, NH—The Word Barn+
March 15—New York, NY—Mercury Lounge+
March 16—Jay, VT—Jay Peak Resort+
March 17—Northampton, MA—Back Porch Festival
March 19—Washington, D.C.—Jammin Java
March 20—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle
March 21—Asheville, NC—Eulogy
March 22—Nashville, TN—Legion Post 82
March 23—Lexington, KY—The Burl
April 4—Denver, CO—Bluebird Theater
April 5—Fort Collins, CO—The Armory
April 6—Salt Lake City, UT—Commonwealth
April 7—Boise, ID—Shrine Ballroom
April 9—Bozeman, MT—The Elm#
April 10—Missoula, MT—The Wilma#
April 11—Spokane, WA—District#
April 12—Seattle, WA—The Crocodile#
April 13—Portland, OR—Polaris Hall#
April 14—Arcata, CA—Humbrews#
April 16—San Francisco, CA—The Chapel#
April 17—Mariposa, CA—The Grove House#
April 18—Los Angeles, CA—Gold Diggers#
April 19—Phoenix, AZ—Valley Bar#
April 20—Flagstaff, AZ—Yucca North#
April 21—Albuquerque, NM—Fusion#
April 27—Austin, MN—Paramount Theatre
May 3—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue^
May 23—McAlster, OK—Spaceship Earth
May 24—Eureka Springs, AR—Strings of the Kings 2024
June 22—River Falls, WI—Kinnistock
July 13—Monticello, MN—Nordic Folk Festival
July 19—Oak Hill, NY—Grey Fox Festival 
*with special guest Two Runner
+with special guest The Wildmans
with special guest The Resonant Rogues
with special guest Anna Tival
#with special guest The Lowest Pair
^with special guests Mama’s Broke and Marisa Anderson