Charlie Parr's new song "Portland Avenue" debuts today

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Thursday, February 15, 2024

Minnesota-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist Charlie Parr's new song, "Portland Avenue," is debuting today. Listen/share HERE.

Regarding 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? My 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?"

"Portland Avenue" is the second song unveiled from Parr's anticipated new album, Little Sun, which will be released on March 22 on Smithsonian Folkways (pre-order/pre-save here). Notably, it is his first album not to be recorded entirely live. Little Sun was produced by close friend and collaborator Tucker Martine (Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket) in Portland, OR, during the worst snowstorm the city had seen in decades. Across these eight tracks, including the previously released 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—the prolific artist’s 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 in the first take—leaving 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 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."

Relentlessly on the road, Parr has performed across the world for the past two decades, earning his reputation as an underground DIY legend. 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 the complete tour itinerary. Full details can be found at

Born in Austin, MN, and now based in Duluth, MN, Parr has released seventeen albums since his 2002 debut, including his most recent, 2021’s Last of the Better Days Ahead. No Depression praised it, saying, “They don’t make them like Parr anymore—the sponge-like folk troubadour that imparts all he’s absorbed, beckoning us closer to sit cross-legged at his feet and listen, and to find crumbs of our own stories within his.” Additionally, Acoustic Guitar declared it “chock full of memories and energy with a sprightly sense of adventure,” and Americana Highways proclaimed, “in the realm of traditional acoustic blues and folk, very few people master it. With Parr's latest release, he has done just that.” In addition to his work as a musician, Parr also released his debut novel, Last of the Better Days Ahead, in the fall of 2022.


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

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