Sunday, June 21, 2009


I am eagerly waiting for my Guardian registration to go through, so I can add "The Last Watch on the Midland"by the late, great Canadian folksinger Stan Rogers. And I also want to mention Charlie Parr, a Minnesota folksinger. Patrick used to work with Charlie. They both did outreach to homeless people, many of whom -- most of whom -- were working people down on their luck. That is what bums and hobos have always been in this country.

Charlie is from Austin, Minnesota, a meatpacking town. Hormel Foods is based there. These days Charlie lives in Duluth, a blue collar port town close to the mines on the Iron Range.

Anyway, Charlie writes a lot of songs about working people and homeless people.


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