The University of South Alabama’s Independent Music Collective is bringing Charlie Parr for their 28th show in an ongoing series. Parr has embraced roots music for his entire life and it was almost unavoidable. His childhood home lacked a television, but it was full of the sounds of Woodie Guthrie, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Leadbelly. As the years passed, Parr picked up and the guitar and banjo and proceeded to learn to play the instruments on his own. In 2001, he released his debut “Criminals and Sinners,” which showed the music of Parr’s childhood had mingled into his own sound.

EXB Charlie Parr

Parr’s latest release is “Holladale.” The album features five tracks that were improvised in the studio. His creative method allows live audiences to never hear one of the album’s songs played the same way twice. Songs such as “Barn Swallows at Twilight” present a sound that shifts back and forth between early 20th century blues and bluegrass.


Charlie Parr
Date: Saturday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Satori Coffee House, 5460 Old Shell Road, www.satori-coffee.com
Tickets: $5 at the door (free to USA students)