The life of a traveling American troubadour cannot be easy.
Where are you going to stay? What are conditions like at the venue? How are the audiences going to react to my songs?
Not a life for everyone, but Peter Karp and Sue Foley are giving it a good go for the money.
They arrived as the first act at Jackson's Hubble Creek Blues Series in the parking lot of Stooges Restaurant on Sunday. A small and polite crowd was on hand for the first of the six free performances.
The Karp Foley band is described as Americana/Blues. And the first few songs of the set had more of the Americana and less of a blues vibe. And that may have had an effect on the crowd who may have expected more of a traditional blues rhythm.
The crowd was very polite with their applause but no one was really into music. The music began to morph a little as the set wore on to a more traditional but still original blues beat. The songs were fun but the audience didn't play along.
The Karp Foley Band is Peter Karp, writer, guitarist, keyboardist and harmonica. Sue Foley on electric and acoustic guitar. Niles Terrat on bass. And Michael Catapano on drums. The volume level was perfect for carrying on a conversation. The mix could have used a little more booming bass. But the audience in their lawn chairs didn't seem to mind.
And while Peter Karp received all the props it was Sue Foley's guitar work that took center stage. Plus she was pushing Peter to perform one of his songs that he wasn't sure he remembered the words. Good choice from her as it was one of the best of day. And as far as I could tell all the words were there.
Hubble Creek Blues Festival named after the small creek that runs through the center of Jackson and next to the parking lot of Stooges Restaurant.
There are few benches available but bring your own lawn chair. No outside food or drink. The crowd Sunday tended to be older.
You can catch Doug E and Big Larry this Sunday starting at 3 p.m.
The rest of the schedule through November 1 is on their Facebook page.
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