Blind Pig Records has announced the signing of U.S. singer/songwriter Peter Karp and Canadian Juno award winner Sue Foley for a joint recording project entitled He Said - She Said."
He Said - She Said" is an inspired collaboration of original songs adapted from correspondence the two shared through letters written over a two 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, more intimate. An account of the personal struggles and dramatic changes that were happening in their lives, they chronicle a crucial period of time of growth and struggle for them as artists and on a personal level.
Both artists had no idea and no intention at the time that the letters would become an album. Creatively, the creation of the album was an organic process, as the two songwriters eventually came to recognize that their letters provided the basic material for a series of songs. Blind Pig Records will release the He Said - She Said" CD in March.
Karp and Foley have also developed a compelling He Said - She Said" live performance based on the album. The show features the interpersonal dynamic that formed the genesis and evolution of the recordings. The songs represent a meeting of hearts and minds, an interplay of shared artistic purpose and spiritual kinship.
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. Blues Revue magazine reviewed one of these shows, saying, 'He Said - She Said' is a unique, daring idea beautifully executed by two talented, inspired artists unafraid to express themselves in songs of hope, longing, emptiness, love and frustration. A masterpiece."
HE: 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.
SHE: 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 B.B. 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."