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Peter Karp


An intriguing roots-based folk and blues songwriter, singer, guitarist, and keyboard player, Peter Karp spent his childhood split between Leonia, NJ, and a trailer park in Enterprise, AL, eventually breaking into the local music scene in New York as a teen with They Came from Houses, a genre-mixing art-blues-punk outfit. Karp walked away from both the band and a contract offer from Polygram Records and spent the next decade traveling and raising a family.

He attended Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and film school at New York University, but left both institutions without obtaining a degree. He opened his own production company, Total Picture, in Manhattan before returning to performing in the late ’90s with the Roadshow Band. Karp and the band released a show set in 2000, Live at the American Roadhouse, followed by Roadshow in 2002.

Karp signed with Backbender Records in 2004 and The Turning Point, which featured ex-Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, appeared that same year. He moved to Blind Pig Records in 2007. He currently splits his time between Nashville and New Jersey.