Greencards, Charlie Parr, Amanda Shires | Mayne Stage | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader

Greencards, Charlie Parr, Amanda Shires Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., April 14, 8 p.m. 2011

Monopoly is legal again, and a brave state's attorney has advocated gunning down labor-rights demonstrators in the streets; it's starting to look a lot like the 19th century around here. The way Minnesota bluesman Charlie Parr channels the past on his latest solo album, When the Devil Goes Blind (Nero's Neptune), lends sharp teeth to the argument that things back then weren't so different from today. In the song "1890," soldiers shoot kids at Wounded Knee; on "For the Drunkard's Mother," Parr imagines a haunted, alcoholic veteran freezing to death under a bridge alone. Judging from When the Devil Goes Blind, our comforts haven't changed much over the past 120 years—you're either on the sauce or leaning on a vengeful God. But on EastMont Syrup, Parr's latest collaboration with Appalachian old-time combo the Black Twig Pickers (it's one side of a split LP with guitarist Glenn Jones that Thrill Jockey is releasing this weekend for Record Store Day), he offers a third comfort: dancing the night away to his jaunty banjo and shimmering resonator guitar. Parr will perform solo tonight. —Bill Meyer

Price: $15

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