Charlie Parr in his own words

Charlie on easel

Charlie Parr strolled into the neighborhood yesterday—barefoot, even though it was cold and damp. We had a nice conversation on my podcast about the hardships and joys of life on the road, dropping out of school, and how he slowly got into making music as a vocation. He’s doing what he loves, and that’s what I’m trying to do: as an author, and an urban farmer. My new urban farm, Tiny Farm Duluth, is slowly coming together. The soil of formerly wasted space within the city of Duluth has been tilled, and seeds will soon be sown.

What does urban farming have in common with art and music? Give a listen to this unvarnished podcast with Charlie at, and decide for yourself. My wife, Shawna Gilmore, painted the album art for Parr’s most recent record: I Ain’t Dead Yet. 50 limited edition and hand-numbered prints are available of the original artwork, signed by both Charlie and Shawna. This, like a well-lived life in general, is a symbiotic relationship between different art forms. We’re pursuing the intersection of ecology, economy, and community.


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