“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 / MIKE GREENBLATT.
Known as the songwriter’s songwriter, Peter Karp is a multi-instrumentalist whose Roots Rock style, sprinkled with Blues / Folk and wry humour, give a unique and unusual look at life’s sometimes happy, sometimes sad reality.
“Karp’s a great writer & performer whose songs are driven by verbal word play & insights into the human experience.” USA TODAY
Karp was born in Leonia, NJ across the Hudson river from NYC. His father John was a military pilot and his mother Ruth Downing Karp was a copywriter and avid music fan. His stepmother Ruth Turner was an African American woman from the lowlands of South Carolina. By the time he was 8 his biological mother had taken him and his sister into the city to see many of the pop acts of the day. (James Brown,Beatles,Stones, Animals, Temps & Tops ) At 9 he lived with his father in a trailer park in S Alabama where he first heard radio playing artists like Son House, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf as well as regional country music which later led him to Dylan, Hendrix, Cash, and other 50s/60s rock luminaries. He started to play the accordion at 7, the guitar and piano at 15.
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]
Peter began his professional music career as a songwriter/keyboardist/guitarist with the critically acclaimed, seminal art-blues-punk band “They Came From Houses,” a mainstay in the stable of “The Underground Music Venue” managed by former Rolling Stones/Yardbird manager Georgio Gramalski. Playing NYC’s lower east side venues like The Mudd Club, Folk City and a favorite of CBGB owner Hilly Crystal (who described the sound as surf-punk-distorted blues, they opened and shared the stage with Marshall Crenshaw, Mink Deville, The Toasters, John Hammond Jr., The Stray Cats, George Thorogood, and David Johanson. While receiving much critical acclaim and offered a recording contract, Karp became disillusioned with the music business and creatively unhappy. He folded the band, walked away and married the lead singer, Mary Lou Bonney.
After leaving a commercially promising music career, he spent the next 10 years raising a family, traveling, and working in the film industry. Along the way, he worked as an editor with some film makers with which he shared a creative connection – most notably, Oscar-winning underground film director, Emile D’Antonio. He also continued working in music, directing, producing and playing with musicians Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Johnson, Van Walls, Don Henley, Michael Brecker, Richie Havens, The Jacksons, Ric Ocasik and Jackson Brown.
Today he busily travels Europe and the Usa constantly and his last 2 albums did extremely well so the is BLUE FLAME CD RELEASE PARTY is eagerly awaited!