Blues? Yes I think so. Not the blues of my youth, or probably yours, but this is Blues through and through.
Listen While You Read[audio:http://www.transientfolk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/09-cheap-wine.mp3|titles=Charlie Parr – Cheap Wine]
In Primary school I listened to my dads records and cheap tapes, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Van Halen. In high school I used to listen to punk music, Fugazi and Bad Religion. In university I had moved onto Blues, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Cocker and Robert Cray.
Gradually that taste wandered more and more towards Country and finding enjoyable original Blues became harder and harder (let alone rock and punk which is even harder again). But then I found as I diversified the types of Country and “Americana” I listened to, a different type of Blues music came creeping back in.
Charlie Parr is one of the stars of this “creeping in” Blues. A little more research shows he is often categorised as country blues, which a is the style of blues that appeared a long time ago and championed by people like Mississippi John Hurt and Charley Patton. But I will leave the analysis there and just call it Blues, keep it simple.
I cant actually find a legitimate source for this album any more, have a look on-line, you may be able to see something that I cant.
One For The Road[audio:http://www.transientfolk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/07-midnight-has-come-gone.mp3|titles=Charlie Parr – Midnight Has Come & Gone]