“Charlie Karp was an enduring and soulful guitarist. He was Buddy Miles’ guitarist throughout his Them Changes period opening for Hendrix on the road… The music on Back To You is bulletproof. Each song is as tight and well executed as the last. Sounding effortlessly loose and fluid, the music belies the depth of feel and emotive sensitivity required to perform at such an organic and professional level. The musicians are a who’s who of side men and women culled from some of the most elite bands around including Johnny Winter’s former crew and the SNL band.” - Bucky O’Hare
“The more I played it, the more attractive it became and it is now one of my favorite releases of this year.” - Paul Mooney
— Blues & Rhythm Magazine, Scotland
“On Charlie Karp's new solo album it’s quickly obvious he’s always gone for the deepest center of a song, whether he wrote it or not, and has a beautiful way of stripping sounds to their core and letting them glow. It’s almost uncanny how moving whatever he touches turns out.” - Bill Bentley
— Americana Highways
“Karp was above all an excellent guitarist & composer, a creator of atmospheres at ease in soul blues, soaring country rock and funky blues rock. Back To You is a poignant disc whose diffused nostalgia embraces the listener a little more with each listening.” - Soul Bag
“Karp first emerged with the Buddy Miles Express in the early 70’s and later formed the bands White Chocolate and Slo Leak. This album, completed shortly before his death in 2019, serves as a valedictory. It showcases Karp’s weathered voice and instrumental talents as a soloist and accompanist.”
— Vintage Guitar Magazine
In the Spring of 2016 Charlie wanted to record an album with music producer Vic Steffens at Horizon Music Studio in West Haven, CT. Vic, who had just been awarded New England Producer of the Year, was also eager to work with Charlie. They had known each other for years, but up until this point, had never worked together. Their goal was to make a record based on American roots, music, and styles including blues, country, rock & roll, rhythm & blues, and gospel. This combination of talent and seasoned studio musicianship led to Charlie’s latest solo release, Back To You, on Red Parlor Records (2019). As it turned out, it would be his final studio project.
Back To You has eleven tracks; nine original songs and two covers, including a gritty blues rendition of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles. “I wish John Lennon could have heard this,” Charlie said, when asked about the 5th track on the record. The other cover is an interesting version of “That’s Life” written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon, the classic song Frank Sinatra made popular in the 1960s. Back To You is a collection of meaningful compositions that come from the heart, to which Charlie brings style and grace. You can hear the sincerity in his voice as he sings about desire, desertion, love, life, and all its pleasures and struggles.
Musicians used on this project:
Carole Sylvan, Scott Spray, Bobby Torello, Mike Marble, Jay Gerbino, Christine Ohlman, Joe Meo, Rafe Klein, Vic Steffens, Ron Rifkin, Alice Karp, Bill Holloman, David Hull, Jimmie Smith, William Light.