Peter Karp sits down for a One On One Session at City Winery New York on December 20th, 2017. Watch the full session here: https://youtu.be/aIZDzxruUBw For more info visit: http://peterkarp.com Audio & Video by: Ehud Lazin
From Where I Stand
I’m Not Giving Up
“Peter Karp is a star. From his muscular slide guitar soloing to his observational and oh-so-true songwriting, and, most of all, that soulful expressive voice of his, dripping with innuendo. Dude’s entertaining as hell.” – Goldmine Magazine
Accolades aside, Peter Karp is a storyteller who also happens to be a assertive singer, an insightful songwriter, a spellbinding performer, and a searing slide guitarist. Fortunately, those distinctions aren’t mutually exclusive. Nor is it a contradiction to call Karp both a master of the blues and an Americana aficionado. In Karp’s case, all these threads are bound tightly together.
It’s little wonder then that Blues Blast Magazine described him simply as “One of the most well-respected songwriters in America.” Or that AllMusic.com noted, “Karp is his own man, an artist who blends roots music styles into something that transcends blues, country, R&B and swamp, John Prine’s wordplay, Joe Ely’s rocking instincts, Billy Joe Shaver’s fatalistic outlook.”
Karp is a singular musician whose ability to tap tradition and keep in contemporary, finds him expressing the very essence of a fertile heartland sound. As his friend and collaborator, Rolling Stones guitarist and John Mayall’s sideman Mick Taylor once noted, “Guys like Peter Karp, James Taylor and Bob Dylan embody Americana Blues, and us English guys are inspired by it.”
That may explain why Karp has been the recipient of so many distinguished accolades throughout his career, including nominations for a pair of Blues Blast Awards in 2016 and top placement on the Blues charts with every one of his recent albums.
It’s also not surprising that Mick Taylor offers a searing solo on “The Turning Point, a featured track on Karp’s stunning new album Blue Flame. Due for release February 2nd on Rose Cottage Records, it spotlights Karp’s incendiary guitar work, his keyboard prowess, his expressive harp playing and a rough hewn vocal style that gives each of the album’s 13 songs an indelible presence right from the get-go. Whether it’s the outright drive and determination of “The Arson’s Match” and “Rolling on a Log,” the loping delivery of “The Nietzsche Lounge,” the heart worn sentiment of “Valentine’s Day,” the dogged delivery of “From Where I Stand,” or the quiet persistence of “Round and Around,” Karp manages to create an immediate impression, one that resonates even more with each successive spin.
Co-produced by Karp and Dae Bennett at Bennett Studios, the album also features appearances by Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds on harp and a group of stellar sidemen throughout, Blue Flame becomes the latest triumph in a musical career that spans some twenty years. Born in the tiny hamlet of Leonia, New Jersey, just over the Hudson River from New York City, Karp was introduced to music at an early age by his mother and sister who would take him to shows featuring the stars of the nascent English Invasion, Murray the K’s freewheeling road shows and the soul artists emerging from Motown with the beckoning of Top 40 radio.
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