LIVE: Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 4/9/10

Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman

Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman

Singer-songwriter-percussionist Karen Savoca has been touring with her partner, electric and acoustic guitarist Pete Heitzman for several decades. The duo’s last visit to the Eighth Step visit was more than five years ago, when the coffeehouse was still located at the Cohoes Music Hall.

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Performing a mix of contemporary folk and light rock, the couple didn’t miss a beat as Savoca’s soulful vocals rode atop her conga drum’s percussive accents and Heitzman’s colorful spectrum of guitar sounds. The highlight of their set was a rolling and impassioned version of “Same All Over,” which would have made Janis Joplin proud.

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Stacey Earle and her long-time collaborator Mark Stuart perform a smooth, countrified style of acoustic contemporary folk music that owes as much to Nashville as it does to Memphis.

The couple’s flowing vocal harmonies combined with a blues-meets-country style has taken them out of cow-punk bad boy Steve Earle’s band (Stacey’s brother) and out on the road as a duo, criss-crossing the country and performing together for almost two decades.

Celebrating their most recent release, “Town Square,” the duo sang and played flawlessly to a small, but adoring audience.

Review and photographs by Andrjez Pilarczyk

Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart

Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart

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