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Premiere: ‘Over the Red Cedar,’ Charlie Parr’s first release with Red House Records

Stumpjumper cover art (Red House Records)

We’re excited to premiere “Over the Red Cedar,” a new song by Charlie Parr—and to share the news that the Duluth singer-songwriter has signed with St. Paul’s Red House Records, which will release Parr’s new studio album on April 28.

  1. Listen Over the Red Cedar – Charlie Parr

The album, Stumpjumper, marks the first time Parr has recorded a solo record with the support of a band. (He previously collaborated with the Black Twig Pickers on the 2010 album Glory in the Meeting House.) It’s produced by Megafaun’s Phil Cook, who oversaw recording sessions in his North Carolina studio. The album will include new songs by Parr as well as a take on the traditional murder ballad “Delia.”

“Red House has always held an exalted place in my heart because of their connectedness to the Midwest, because of Greg Brown, because of Koerner Ray and Glover, Paul Geremia, Guy Davis and so on and on,” Parr said in a statement shared by the label. “Greg Brown introduced me to [late Red House founder] Bob Feldman at least 12 years ago on a farm in Wisconsin and he was so gracious and kind. I’m looking forward to being part of the family.”

The storied roots label shares Parr’s excitement. Label president Eric Peltoneimi calls Parr “a mesmerizing artist” and says the signing is “one of the most exciting things we have done in recent years.” Red House will simultaneously release Parr’s album on CD, digital, and vinyl.

As he prepares to release his Red House debut, Parr is continuing to tour extensively—including three upcoming dates with Trampled By Turtles, one of which is at “the mother church of country music,” Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. A complete list of Parr’s upcoming tour dates appears below.

Stumpjumper track list

1. Evil Companion
2. Empty Out Your Pockets
3. Falcon
4. Remember Me If I Forget
5. On Marrying a Woman with an Uncontrollable Temper
6. Over the Red Cedar
7. Resurrection
8. Stumpjumper
9. Temperance River Blues
10. Frank Miller Blues
11. Delia

Upcoming Charlie Parr tour dates

TH 2/5 Bloomington, IN – Bluebird Nightclub (with Trampled By Turtles)
FR 2/6 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant (with Trampled By Turtles)
SA 2/7 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium (with Trampled By Turtles)
FR 2/13 Dresser, WI – Trollhaugen
SA 2/14 La Crosse, WI – The Root Note
FR 2/20 Berwyn, IL – Fitzgerald’s Nightclub
SA 2/21 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
SA 2/28 Ludlow, KY – Ludlow Theater (with J.D. Wilkes)
MO 3/2 New York, NY – The Iridium
WE 3/4 Northampton, MA – The Parlor Room (with J.D. Wilkes)
TH 3/5 Cambridge, MA – Atwoods Tavern (with J.D. Wilkes)
FR 3/6 Winooski, VT – The Monkey House
SA 3/7 Rochester, NY – Abilene Bar and Lounge (with J.D. Wilkes)
SU 3/8 Albany, NY – The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio (with J.D. Wilkes)
TU 3/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe (with J.D. Wilkes)
WE 3/11 Maumee, OH – Village Idiot (with J.D. Wilkes)
TH 3/12 Milwaukee, WI – Linneman’s
FR 3/13 Bayport, MN – Bayport BBQ
FR 3/20 Minocqua, WI – Minocqua Brewing Company
SA 3/21 North Mankato, MN – Equinox Fair, Best Western Mankato
MO 3/23 Lutsen, MN – Papa Charlie’s
FR 3/27 Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theater
SA 3/28 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
WE 4/1 Boise, ID – Nerolux
TH 4/2 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
FR 4/3 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
SA 4/4 Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge
MO 4/6-WE 4/8 Reno, NV – Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
TH 4/9 Berkeley, CA – Freight and Salvage
TH 4/23 Winona, MN – Mid West Music Festival (Broken World Records)
FR 4/24 Stoughton, WI – Stoughton Opera House
SA 4/25 Zumbrota, MN – State Theatre Crossings At Carnegie presents – 7pm

Related stories

Charlie Parr performs in The Current studio (August 2010)
Artist of the Month: Charlie Parr (October 2013)

  • Love this new song and can’t wait to buy the album! Here’s hoping we will see you at Gud-i-nuff Campsites in July!

  • funoka

    Good stuff — hope you make it out to DC — Northern VA.

  • Dex Aspen

    not sure what to think of this. the songwriting is still top notch, that drum though…this might take some getting used to for me.

  • Dex Aspen

    and this isnt the first time recording with a band. he did a record with The Black Twig Pickers called Glory In The Meeting House.

    • Thanks for clarifying, Dex. I’ve edited the text to be more accurate.

      • mitch

        I dig it. I wish he would record an album with Jack Klatt ‘ s band. The two songs he recorded with them for their album Mississippi Roll are amongst my favorites. They would be a great fit.

  • Jeffrey Jones

    I’m keeping an open mind about Charlie Parr going with Red House…I’m hoping they don’t try to “sweeten” him up too much. This song still has it’s integrity intact, drums or no…it’s subtle and doesn’t detract from my enjoyment. I have another version of this song on a Chaperone split single w/ Ben Weaver. And I agree, the songwriting is topnotch, up there with his career bests

  • Jeffrey Jones

    I wonder if the percussionist is Mikkel Beckman, who he’s recorded with on a few projects.