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PETER KARP/SUE FOLEY BEYOND THE CROSSROADS-“RHYTHM & BLUES SOUL CONNECTION”-CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Karp and Sue Foley’s mix of great songs and vocal interplay on Beyond The Crossroads mixes Muscle Shoals-esque vibes and distinctive warm tube blues and roots.

In fact, songs like the high stepping gospel of the title track, the horn infused opening Were Gonna Make It and the rich minimalist groove of Fine Love are the kind of soulful songs that would always make the top twenty of The Billboard charts in the early seventies.

And that my friends that is what is wrong with mainstream radio.

Luckily we now have radio and hosts who make this type of music available.

Elsewhere there is a modern day June Carter/Johnny Cash vibe via the blues/roots train that oozes out of  Take Your Time and More Than I Bargained For.

Everywhere the recording utilizes minor chord bridges, and American Rhythm and Blues turnarounds to great advantage 

That is smart songwriting folks.

Other standout tracks like Karp’s fabulous Blowin’ and the Motown piano jump to Foley’s Resistance are simply easy to digest on repeated listens. In addition You’ve Got A Problem comes out of the  Billy Swan I Can Help school and works wonders.

It also should be noted there is a winning combination of natural musicianship from the studio players that supports without getting in the way.  Lovely recording top to bottom.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, online roots radio host  http://emms.podbean.com/ and musician. Visit john’s solo site www.johnemms.com and his “bluesin” band site www.theshaftmen.com

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