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Peter KARP & Sue FOLEY – He Said She Said 2010

Posted in BLUES, Peter KARP, Sue FOLEY on December 20, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Peter KARP & Sue FOLEY – He Said She Said 2010

Blues

Peter Karp is a gifted American troubadour, a master songsmith with an art for spinning true-to-life emotions, humor, and candor. With an upbringing that was equal parts southern Alabama and the swamps of New Jersey, Karp’s music is fueled by the Yankee-Rebel juxtaposition. He established himself on the national scene as a critically acclaimed songwriter, an accomplished guitarist and pianist with the release of his Blind Pig release entitled “Shadows and Cracks.” On the road across the U.S. and Canada, Karp repeatedly transfixes his live audiences. Critics compare his songwriting to John Hiatt and John Prine with impressive guitar and slide licks infused by his love of Freddie King and Elmore James. Peter Karp personifies the amorphous Americana sound, seamlessly blending blues, folk and roots music with a high sense of entertainment.

Sue Foley is considered to be one of the finest blues/roots artists working today. Born to a working class family Sue spent her early childhood moving from Canadian town to town with her mother. At 16 she embarked on her professional career. By 21 she was living in Austin TX and recording for legendary blues label Antone’s Records. Her first CD “Young Girl Blues” quickly established her unique talents as a blues guitarist and songwriter. Throughout the 90’s she took to the road with her paisley Telecaster and honed her craft working/sharing the stage with such artists as BB King, Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams and Tom Petty. After moving back to Canada Sue won the prestigious Juno award for her critically acclaimed CD “Love Coming Down.”
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It’s been a long time since “He” (Peter Karp) left the surroundings of swampy New Jersey and the rural grit of Southern Alabama to take his equal parts “Yankee-Rebel juxtaposition”, as it states in his bio, to travel across the country, bringing his unique blend of roots rock, blues, and folk music to others. His songwriting has been compared to John Hiatt and John Prine and is regarded as one of the best guitarist-piano playing songwriters in the biz. His bio also claims, “Karp repeatedly transfixes his live audiences…with impressive guitar and slide licks infused by his love of Freddie King and Elmore James”.

It’s also been a long time since “She” (Sue Foley) has left the safe confines of small town Canada to come to Austin, Texas at the ripe young age of twenty-one. She quickly established herself amongst the elite blues guitarist in a blues guitarist saturated Austin. She has shared the stage with many masters of the blues and Americana or roots music; artists such as BB King, Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams, and Tom Petty to name a few. Since then she has gone on to cultivate her own unique blend of the blues-rock genre. After moving back to Canada from Austin, she won the prestigious Juno award for her critically acclaimed CD “Love Coming Down”.

You put these two together and you get their wonderful new collaboration titled, “He Said She Said” (Blind Pig Records).

This album is, in my opinion, a brilliant concept record, born from letters and emails the two had written to one another over a one-year period. The letters were turned into songs telling the story of their experiences on the road, expressing the loneliness and the difficulties caused by being separated from friends and family while on the road.

The result is a set of fourteen tracks of some of the sexiest, steamiest, dramatic, and comedic tunes I have ever heard from two very different artists. There is chemistry here that I did not know existed when the two were separate acts, which they still are. However, they are touring and performing this “He Said She Said” concept to audiences all over Canada and the states to rave reviews. And it’s no wonder. “He Said She Said” blends the styles of two very versatile performers who took two very different roads that brought them both to the same destination. It could have only been fate that these two were brought together.

The first track “Treat Me Right” is really all about a man and woman finding nothing but fault in the way the two treat each other, alternating back and forth treating the listener to a somewhat comedic argument between the two characters in the song –

“Well you broke down I don’t believe what you said/that’s what she said/Well you broke down I don’t believe what you said/She said it again/I said, Honey I might be dull as a junkman’s blade/I said, “Honey even a broke clock’s right twice a day/why do you treat me this way?”

I love the interaction between the two often alternating sentences, not necessarily exclusive to just verses.

The entire record is laid out just that way, drawing us into these very personal letters and emails set to music; and oh, what wonderful music it is! Both musicians are extremely talented and are considered amongst their peers, let alone their fans, as two of the best blues guitarists around. There is no shortage of blues here but it’s not limited to that. There is folk, twang, you name it, and it’s here.

For instance, the very steamy and sexy “Mm Hmm” has a very jazzy element to it continuing the alternating of the different verses. The lyrics are – well, see for yourself –

“Wouldn’t it be nice/to once or twice or even thrice/pick up where we left off to resume/Throwing each other around a room/Mm Hmm

“To hear your heavenly high pitched moans/followed by my grunts and groans/Closing our eyes and falling into the deep/with one eye open to watch each other sleep/Mm Hmm.”

I’d have to say it’s probably my favorite song of them all and not just because of the hot lyrics, but the entire arrangement itself. The addition of trombone and harmonica only add to the steaminess the tune already possesses, making it “hotter than a Georgia asphalt”, as Lula played by Laura Dern expresses to Sailor played by Nicolas Cage in David Lynch’s `Wild at Heart”. It’s that steamy.

You get the picture. This is a great record, absolutely not to be missed. Now, I only wrote about a couple tracks here. This is a concept album meant to be heard in order, tracks one through fourteen. It’s all intertwined and meant to be heard just that way. `Rebel’ Rod says see for yourself and check it out.
By  Rod Ames.
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He Said She Said is a blues album of an entirely different stripe. Guitarist and songwriter Peter Karp was in the midst of recording his excellent Shadows and Cracks. He’d written a duet, and his manager suggested Sue Foley to record the female part. The cut didn’t make the album, but it forged a friendship that was sustained by writing letters and thoughts across continents via email. Foley and Karp began to record individual records, but during a conversation, realized their letters were the basis of terrific songs, and were more relevant to their lives (personal and musical) at the moment, and so they decided to work together instead. The songs, while firmly rooted in the blues tradition, range widely, even though most of them are sung duets. There’s the uptempo, acoustic, quick-step, shuffling, country-blues of Karp’s “Hold on Baby,” with some of his brilliant slide that is an encouragement to a friend having a difficult time. Foley’s beautiful, countrified rag “So Far So Fast” is a love song confessed as secret longing that features her gorgeous fingerpicking, Nate Allen’s upright bass, Mike Catapano’s skittering snare, and Karp playing a rickety upright piano. There’s some electric material hereto: Karp’s rocking “Wait,” with a B-3 and an electric bassline, and the pair’s guitars trading licks. “Scared” is Karp’s beautiful, nocturnal, jazzy track with a horn section, with lead vocals by Foley. The sexy “Mm Hmmm” is a duet that could appear in an erotic thriller with its walking, upright bassline and sensual poetry. Foley’s closing “Lost in You” is a ballad of such tenderness and wonder, it seals the album with a kiss — especially with her nylon-string guitar playing. This is a risky and welcome recording (kudos to Blind Pig for the vision to release it) that asks modern blues fans to suspend their preconceptions and listen to the music as it evolves in this new century, and an album to make those fed up with blues clichés hear something truly and beautifully different.
By Thom Jurek.
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“He Said – She Said” is the new inspired show featuring a collaboration of original songs by Peter Karp and Sue Foley. The project is based around a correspondence the two shared through letters that were written over a year period. These letters started as a casual exchange between two committed performers sharing their common bond of the loneliness of the road, the pain of separation from family and home and above all, the drive to make music. But as time went on the letters they shared became more poignant, more revealing. Those letters became their songs. The result is “He Said – She Said.” The show features songs of two artists in development, sharing artistic purpose and spiritual kinship in a meeting of hearts and minds. Whether they’re performing as an acoustic duo or with their electric band the music encompasses elements of folk, jazz, flamenco, and blues resulting in a show that is moving, literate, romantic, rocking and exciting.
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Peter Karp- (Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Piano, Organ);
Sue Foley- (Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Nylon-String Guitar);
Jason Ricci- (Harmonica);
Terry Owen- (Tenor Sax);
Rafa Postel- (Trumpet);
Willard Riley- (Trombone);
Nate Allen- (Upright Bass);
Mike Catapano- (Drums).
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01. Treat Me Right 4:44
02. So Far So Fast 2:24
03. Wait 4:05
04. Rules of Engagement 3:55
05. Hold On Baby 3:18
06. Mm Hmm 3:23
07. Danger Lurks 3:29
08. Ready For Your Love 3:05
09. Scared 3:47
10. Valentine’s Day 3:32
11. Dear Girl 3:51
12. Baby Don’t Go 3:29
13. Regret 3:30
14. Lost In You 3:25
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