“The Blues” is a time-honored musical idiom of misery and woe … what happens when it’s used to express intimate, soul-baring relationship insights?
That was the formidable aesthetic challenge taken up by Peter Karp and Sue Foley, two of the best blues guitarists performing today, when they combined talents for an album titled He Said She Said chronicling the duo’s evolving musical and romantic partnership.
Born from letters and emails the two had written one another over the course of a year, He Said She Said expresses the loneliness and difficulties caused by being separated from friends and family while on the road.
It’s New Blues for Our Digital Times … yielding performances with explosive musical chemistry and marking a major step forward for the Blues songwriting genre.
Backed by two New Jersey natives (Hopatcong drummer Mike Catapano and Hackettstown bassist Niles Terrat), Karp and Foley will ring in 2014 with a “Blues New Year’s Eve Bash” at Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Local blues band Big City Breakout will open.
The 8:30 p.m. Split Level Concerts show takes place at the intimate 199-seat Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, in the heart of the colorful Rahway Arts District, a diverse hub of arts performance/arts education activity.
$25 reserved seat tickets are available online at www.ucpac.org, by calling (732) 499-8226, or visiting the UCPAC box office at 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, New Jersey.
“He Said She Said was incredibly personal,” says Peter Karp. “We learned a lot about each other, about who we were, and about what we were doing, and this record was just the two of us rolling up our sleeves as songwriters and artists and musicians and just saying okay, let’s make a record. It came really, really easy, fast and fun.”
On their latest album, Beyond the Crossroads, Karp and Foley keep storytelling at the forefront while creating a fresh sound drawing on the strengths of the Blues to interpret contemporary times.
“I think if Blues is going to move forward, it’s gotta get back to the song,” says Sue Foley. “It’s gotta get back to reaching into today’s world and not gripping so tightly to the past. We try to push forward in our music and also say fresh things, try to communicate fresh ideas and perspectives. Just be honest and move forward.”
“Be honest and move forward” … now that’s a New Year’s Resolution anyone can sing along with.
And there’s more Blues and Jazz at UCPAC in 2014:
· Wed. January 8, 2014 at 7 pm. World Beat Jazz-Funk with Snarky Puppy.
· Thur. January 30, 2014 at 8 pm. Sax Star Gary Bartz Performing the Music of Jackie McLean.
· Fri. February 7, 2014 at 8 pm. Trombone Titan Steve Turré on Performing the Music of JJ Johnson.
· Fri. March 14, 2014 at 8 pm. Pianist Luis Perdomo and Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane.
· Sat. March 29, 2014 at 8 pm. 21st-Century Griot: African Jazz Guitar Master Lionel Loueke.
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