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Peter Karp and Sue Foley sing the blues for me and you and one or two others

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 I sometimes don’t understand this city. I expected people to be hanging off the rafters for multiple Juno award winner Sue Foley and Sue Foley watches what Peter Karp is playing. Photo by Richard AmeryPeter Karp at the Slice, Oct. 17, but was somewhat shocked to find only a handful of people in attendance. At least they were all paying attention to the duo and their tight band.

 The duo sat on stools set at the front of the stage as they played their latest CD “Beyond the Crossroads” from beginning to end to end, so they ended their first set with the incendiary instrumental “Plank Spank” and the upbeat boogie woogie of “You’ve Got A Problem,” with Karp pounding away at the keyboards and pulling out all the stops as Foley sat on a stool and picked beautiful blues on her pink, paisley Telecaster. She displayed superb taste and excellent dynamics, being careful never to play too much, but just enough to leave jaws dropped.

 Their rhythm section played in the pocket just in time to take a brief break. Their second set included all of their first CD “He Said, She Said,” from beginning to end as well as  couple solo songs from Foley and Karp.

She played an extended jam of her song “Two Trains”  for which Foley switched to a battered acoustic guitar, plucking it beautifully with a thumb-pick and fingers while singing softly in her sultrPeter Karp laying “You've Got a Problem,” on piano. Photo by Richard Ameryy, jazzy voice. Karp alternated between a couple guitars on which he played slide as well as his keyboards. He talked about working with the Rolling Stones’ Mick Taylor, and played a song he wrote with him.

“Heading For the Turning Point,” was a highlight of set two. They were called back for an encore as Foley  joked she hoped she didn’t butcher it,” then they launched into a capable cover of the Band’s “The Weight” and called it a night.

— By Richard Amery, L..A Beat Editor
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