Karp and Foley 'Live For Hope' on 2-CD Package to Benefit Ovarian Cancer Research (REVIEW)

By Mike Greenblatt on Nov 30, 2015 08:38 PM EST
'Live For Hope' by Karp/Foley 'Live For Hope' 2-CD set will benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (Photo : courtesy Ruf Records)

Blues/Americana duo Peter Karp and Sue Foley have followed up their terrific 2012 Beyond The Crossroads with a double-live CD of each of them with their own bands and--in the case of Foley--alone on a stool, expertly playing the part of the tried'n'true down-on-her-luck 1930s-style femme fatale. The CDs are sold as one double-disc to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The live sets-both from 2004-show the strengths of each artist without the other.

Foley's set, Change, has her jamming on tunes from WC Handy ("Careless Love"), Memphis Minnie ("Bad Luck Woman" and "Me And My Chauffeur) and that old bluesman George Harrison ("Here Comes The Sun"). Her originals are right smack dab in the same vein of what all those red hot mamas of yesteryear might've sounded like with 21st Century technology and a hot crowd popping for every double-entendre. Plus, when her band enters, the stakes and the drama are raised. Recorded at Hugh's Room in Toronto, Change won Canada's "2004 Acoustic Album Of The Year."

Karp's set, The Arson's Match, has the extra added attraction of none other than ex-Rolling Stone lead guitarist, Mick Taylor, providing electric lightning zaps with singer/songwriter/guitarist Karp's own RoadShow Band of keyboards, piano, bass, harmonica and drums. Recorded live at The Bottom Line in New York City, it was the set that garnered him a record contract. Originally aired live on Sirius Satellite Radio, it features Karp's blistering slide guitar prowess and aged-in-liquor barroom voice on 10 of his rock'n'soul originals, including such Karp faves as "The Nietzsche Lounge" and "Cee Chee Cee Chee Wawa."

This project is dedicated to Peter Karp's wife of 25 years, Mary Lou Bonney Karp, who died of ovarian cancer nine months after being diagnosed in 2009.

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