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  1. The Nietzsche Lounge Peter Karp 4:37
  2. The Turning Point Peter Karp 5:53
  3. The Arson's Match Peter Karp 5:07
  4. I Understand Peter Karp 3:53
  5. I Ain't Deep Peter Karp 3:17
  6. Your Prettyness Peter Karp 4:52

Biography

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Singer-songwriter, slide guitarist and pianist Peter Karp has carved out his own unique niche. At once funny, poignant, irreverent, romantic and always true to life, Karp’s compositions reflect his own intriguing backstory.  Raised both in the swamps of New Jersey and rural trailer parks of Southern Alabama, Karp masterfully crafts music fueled with a Yankee-Rebel juxtaposition by infusing genuine emotion, humor and candor in a setting of exquisitely performed rhythms and compelling vocalization. As a songwriter Karp first attracted national attention and critical acclaim through his collaboration with guitarist Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones who recorded and toured with Karp on his first label release, The Turning Point. His next national release on Blind Pig Records, Shadows and Cracks, had Karp sharing the main stage with the venerable Delbert McClinton, New Orleans-based roots rock band, The Subdudes, and three-time Grammy winner, blues great Keb’ Mo’. In 2008 Karp formed The Karp Foley Band with Canadian blues guitarist Sue Foley. As the principle songwriter of the group Karp made 2 very successful albums, “He Said She Said” and “Beyond The Crossroads.” Early in 2016 Karp released “The Arson’s Match” a live show recorded by Sirius radio at The Bottom Line in NYC. That album is part of a charity project that he started for Ovarian Cancer Research, and has already received award nominations and positive reviews from around the world.

Karp’s unmistakable lyrical style, consummate handling of the slide guitar and his propensity for dynamic performances have garnered him comparisons to such luminaries as James Taylor, Bob Dylan, and John Prine, and in turn a reputation as a remarkably rare talent in American roots music.

Press

“Karp’s a great writer and performer whose songs are driven by verbal word play and insights into the human experience. Like James Taylor and Bob Dylan, Karp embodies Americana Music.”USA Today
“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.”J. Poet [AllMusic.com]
“Guys like Peter Karp, James Taylor, and Bob Dylan embody Americana Blues, and us English guys are inspired by it.”Mick Taylor [The Rolling Stones]
“Karp’s one cool cookie, alright – from his muscular slide guitar soloing to his observational and oh-so-true songwriting and, most of all, soulful expressive voice of his, dripping with innuendo. Dude’s entertaining as hell.”Mike Greenblatt [Goldmine Magazine]
“This is a sharp and colorful writer who works on several levels: He can drop literary references on you, but he makes sure to keep the songs grounded in real emotion. The same goes for the music, a roadhouse-worthy stew of blues, country, rock and soul.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“Today Karp has emerged as one of the finest storytellers and entertainers as well as players in blues ranks, someone anxious to spotlight the music’s communicative abilities more than just blister through guitar solos or rework vintage Delta tunes.”Nashville City Paper
“An underground genius…like Jackson Browne and John Prine, with a healthy dose of blues, too. Karp’s a soulful storyteller. The man can write.”Blues Revue
“There is a strong blues influence in his music, but a Dylanesque complexity to his songwriting. ‘(Joseph) Conrad poked fun at my dark, dark heart / (Warren) Zevon cracked wise with a smart-ass remark,’ he sings, in probably the only rock song that name checks both Phil Ochs and Rudyard Kipling and follows a mention of Homer with one of Woody Guthrie.”
New Jersey Star Ledger
“A sizzling, full bodied romp through a dozen rootsy tunes with vivid, thoughtful lyrics that can draw on blues, country, folk, and even Western swing.”Cleveland Free Times

Videos

“THE ARSON’S MATCH”
This song was written by Peter Karp and performed at NYC’s Bottom Line Cabaret with special guest, former Rolling Stones guitarist, Mick Taylor. The entire performance is available on the album “The Arson’s Match,” with all proceeds going to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

“STRANGE GROOVE”
Written by Peter Karp, this song is on his Blind Pig release “Shadows and Cracks.” The song tells the story of of the kind of woman every man wants to meet. The track was produced by Peter and Dave Bennett. It features The Roadshow Band – Mike Catapano (drums), Niles Terrat (bass) and Paul Carbonara (Guitar) and Dennis Gruenling (Harmonica & Horn arrangement).

“THE TURNING POINT”
This song was also written by Peter Karp and is part of the live recording with special guest Mick Taylor, “The Arson’s Match.”

“DIRTY WEATHER”
This song, written by Peter Karp, tells the story of a late night delusional conversation with music and literary luminaries. The track was produced by Popa Chubby and released by Blind Pig Records on the album “Shadows and Cracks.” It features The Roadshow Band – Mike Catapano (drums), Niles Terrat (bass) and Paul Carbonara (Guitar).

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Charts & Awards

  • 2016 – RMR Top 50 Blues Rock Song Chart – 7 Songs from “The Arson’s Match”
  • 2016 – RMR Top 50 Blues Album & Blues Rock Album Charts – “The Arson’s Match”
  • 2016 – Nominee – Blues Blast Music Awards (Best Rock Blues Album & Best Live Blues Recording)
  • 2016 – Nominee – Independent Blues Awards (Best Independent Blues Live CD & Best Contemporary Blues Song – “I’m Not Giving Up”)
  • 2010 – #10 Billboard Blues Album – He Said She Said (Peter Karp & Sue Foley)
  • 2010 – #1 for 6 weeks on the National Blues and Roots Charts – He Said She Said (Peter Karp & Sue Foley)
  • 2010 – #1 Roots Music Report Blues Chart – He Said She Said (Peter Karp & Sue Foley)
  • 2010 – Nominee – Songwriter of the Year (Peter Karp & Sue Foley)