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Pressroom Podcast: Charlie Parr talks mental health and new album 'Dog'

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Charlie Parr plays the song "Hobo" off his newest album "Dog" in the News Tribune photo studio after talking with reporters during a recent recording of the Pressroom Podcast. (News Tribune)2 / 3
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Duluth folk musician Charlie Parr, known for his guitar playing and authenticity, recently released his 14th record.  

“It didn’t feel good, but it was something that I felt like I needed to say. So that’s exactly what the record is about,” said Parr about his new album “Dog,” which addresses his battle with depression and mental health.

“It’s cathartic for sure. I’m glad it’s out of me. … It’s not as therapeutic as I’d like it to be.”

Parr shares what it’s like to be a “hobo” on the road eating beans off the hood of his van and what he enjoys most about being home when he’s not on tour. We also go way back to his hometown of Austin, Minn., to find out how he got into music and we find a common friend in Jimmy “The Hippie Plumber.”

What we are into this week: the Fox television show “The Orville,” the movie “The War of the Planet of the Apes,” the Amazon series “One Mississippi,” and instrumentalists Seabuckthorn and Chuck Johnson’s  “Balsams.”

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