Charlie Parr

Charlie Parr

RJ Chesney, MAESA

Fri, July 21, 2017

9:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

Charlie Parr
Charlie Parr
Fans who have been following Charlie Parr through his previous 13 full-length albums and decades of nonstop touring already know that the Duluth-based songwriter has a way of carving a path straight to the gut. On his newest record, Dog, however, he seems to be digging deeper and hitting those nerves quicker than ever before.

“I want my son to have this when I’m gone,” Charlie sings not 10 seconds into the opening song on Dog, “Hobo.” His voice sounds weary but insistent, his accompaniment sparse and sorrowful. By the second line, the listener has no choice but to be transported on a journey through the burrows of his troubled mind, following him through shadowy twists and turns as he searches for a way out.

It turns out Charlie’s been grappling with quite a bit over these past few years. As he prepares to release his new album on Red House Records this fall, he’s just as candid about discussing his experiences in person as he is while singing on the heat-rending Dog.

“I had some really, really bad depression problems over the last couple years,” Charlie explains. “I've been trying to get fit, trying not to drink so much, trying not to do the rock 'n' roll guy thing. And then I got depressed. Really depressed. And to me, depression feels like there's me, and then there's this kind of hazy fog of rancid jello all around me, that you can't feel your way out of. And then there's this really, really horrible third thing, this impulsive thing, that doesn't feel like it's me or my depression. It feels like it's coming from outside somewhere. And it's the thing that comes on you all of a sudden, and it's the voice of suicide, it's the voice of ‘quit.’”

“These songs have all kind of come out of that. Especially songs like ‘Salt Water’ and ‘Dog,’ they really came heavily out of just being depressed, and having to say something about it.”
RJ Chesney
RJ Chesney
RJ Chesney has deep roots in the South, having grown up in Macon Georgia and Biloxi Mississippi . His voice is deep and sonorous with a twang... gospel, blues, country, and folk breathe in his songs. RJ evokes Hank Williams Sr. meets John Prine with a little Townes Van Zandt thrown in. He has earned a very loyal following in Southern California .
In the past year RJ has toured Norway twice... While in Norway RJ went into the studio with Producer HP Gundersen along with Los Angeles producer Jason Hiller (who produced RJ's first two albums) to record his next album "Amateur Revolution" , which will be released in early 2018... All songs on the new album were co- written with HP Gundersen and we are happy to announce HP will be playing with RJ Chesney this night at Hotel Utah.
MAESA
MAESA
MAESA (Maesa Pullman) is a mountain siren soul-folk Americana singer-songwriter from Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, California. Her songs swing from swamp spiritual to blue country with soaring vocals and a strong groove. She has released a 7" single, "Bells" and a six song EP, "Whippoorwill". She often performs with her family band, The Whole Damn Fam, and has played every haunt in Los Angeles as well as all other corners of the United States and Scandinavia. She is in collaboration with legendary Norwegian producer Hans Petter Gundersen and sings with Norway-based band The Last Hurrah!! Their latest release, Mudflowers (Runegrammofon) came with liner notes by David Fricke (Rolling Stone) and was met with great acclaim. Since then they have played festivals such as ByLarm, Festbillen, Vossajazz and more.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/