Charlie Parr has revealed his video for “Dog” today from his Red House album of the same name. Shot on location in Parr’s hometown of Duluth, Minnesota with a cast of locals and their dogs, the video was directed by Dan Huiting (Father John Misty, New Pornographers, Bon Iver).
Filmed in early winter against the backdrop of Lake Superior, the video plays like a short film. While the narrative (and intentions of its protagonist) are open to interpretation, the deeply soulful expressions of the dogs (especially the main dog, Sophia) and of the main character (Molly Ryman) fit the song’s haunting refrain, “A soul is a soul is a soul is a soul.”
“I’m an agnostic,” Parr says. “My mantra is, ‘I don’t know.’ How much don’t I know about what’s going on inside of my dog? There’s some people that think dogs don’t even have souls. ‘Dog’ is about that question. The presumptuousness of deciding you know something so much so that you’re going to make it into a dogma that you can now inflict on somebody else. I’ve got nothing against any religion, but when you start telling someone else, you need to act this way because I believe this, that’s when it breaks down for me… Dogs for me are a good example of that. We make a lot of unfounded assumptions about animals. And people.”
2018 has been a busy year for Parr. He has just returned form a six-week UK/European tour and has announced his debut appearance at Newport Folk Fest this July, as well as additional festival and tour dates including support slots with the Tedeschi/Trucks band. See future US dates below including Newport Folk Festival.
Charlie Parr Tour Dates
Friday, March 23 – Stoughton, WI – Stoughton Opera House
Saturday, March 24 – Menasha, WI – The Source Public House
Friday, March 30 – Winona, MN – Cecelia Theater
Tuesday, April 17 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theater Supporting Tedeschi Trucks Band)
Friday, April 27 – Winona, MN – Mid West Music Fest
Saturday, April 28 – Duluth, MN – NorShor Theater
Tuesday, May 8 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
Friday, May 11 – San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint
Sunday, May 13 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
Wednesday, May 16 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
Friday, May 18 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill
Saturday, May 26 – Grand Marais, MN – Voyageur Brewing Co.
Wednesday, May 30 – Grand Rapids, MI – Meijer Gardens Amphitheatre Supporting Tedeschi Trucks
Thursday, May 31 – Hillsboro, WI – Bonfire Music Festival
Friday, June 1 – Nelsonville, OH – Nelsonville Music Festival
Friday, June 8 – Madison, IN – RiverRoots Music Festival
Saturday, June 16 – Eau Claire, WI – Blue Ox Festival
Sunday, July 29 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
More details here https://www.charlieparr.com/shows.html