On Tuesday, June 17, Peter Karp and Sue Foley will perform at Bert's Bar and Grill. Add to the duo Niles Terrat on bass and Mike Catapano on drums and Pine Islanders are in for a great night of entertainment.
The group's nationwide tour will bring it to Florida for much of the month of June: Tallahassee on the June 14, Lake City on June 16, and Bert's on June 17. Check out the website www.karpfoley.com
Karp is a gifted singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist and American troubadour. He has an art for spinning true-to-life emotions, humor, and candor into his songs. His music is described as equal parts southern Alabama and the swamps of New Jersey. He first caught national attention with help from Rolling Stone guitarist Mick Taylor who recorded and toured with Karp on his first label release "The Turning Point."
From left, Niles Terrat, Mike Catapano (rear), Peter Karp (front) and Sue Foley.
Karp further established himself on the national scene as a critically acclaimed songwriter, and accomplished guitarist and pianist with the release of his Blind Pig debut entitled "Shadows and Cracks." 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.
Foley is considered to be one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. Born to a working class family in Canada she spent her early childhood moving from town to town with her mother. At 16, she embarked on her professional career. By 21, she was living in Austin, Texas, and recording for the legendary blues label, Antone's Records. Her first release, "Young Girl Blues," quickly established her unique talents as a blues guitarist and songwriter.
Throughout the '90s she took to the road with her paisley Telecaster and honed her craft, working and sharing the stage with such artists as BB King, Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams and Tom Petty.
After moving back to Canada, she won the prestigious Juno Award for her critically acclaimed CD "Love Coming Down" as well as seventeen Maple Blues Awards.
Mike Greenblatt from Goldmine Magazine said, "The chemistry between the two is palpable... Foley's the adorable guitar slinger who can sing the blues like nobody's business and play some mean lead like Bonnie Raitt. Karp's one cool cookie... from his muscular slide guitar soloing to his observational and oh-so-true songwriting skills to his shaggy-haired demeanor, bluesman-beatnik vibe."
On the heels of their 2010 critically acclaimed collaboration "He Said She Said" comes their next CD: "Beyond the Crossroads," described as a high voltage, piano boogying, slide guitar blues-rockin' CD. From their "Analyze'n Blues" to the rocking "Plank Spank," this assortment of original compositions showcases the duo's extraordinary talents.
The CD hit the top 10 on the Billboard Blues Charts and was #1 for 6 weeks on the National Blues and Roots charts.
Bert's Bar and Grill is at 4271 Pine Island Road in Matlacha. For additional information, call 239-282-3232.