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City inspiration: Budo’s travels play into his music

Josh Karp, known as Budo, is touring in support of his album, “The Finger & The Moon.”

Josh Karp, known as Budo, is touring in support of his album, “The Finger & The Moon.”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Josh Karp is getting situated with daily life – again.

After spending nearly two months in Australia and Asia, it’s been a tough adjustment.

Karp is known by his stage name Budo and recently spent some time playing in the band for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis during their tour overseas. (Budo also produced Macklemore’s 2005 album, “The Language of My World.”)

“It was a good tour,” he says during a recent phone interview. “I got super sick in Manila and lay in bed until the shows.”

But Budo is back in the States and gearing up to tour in support of his solo record, “The Finger & The Moon,” which marks his first time away from the duo Grieves and Budo.

The album contains 10 songs and each song is named after a city.

“I spend so much time of my life traveling and these places have gained a lot of significance for me,” he says. “I roll into these places and get to spend a day or a few hours. I take time to see them and take in what they have to offer.”

Budo says while the album is full of songs that have inspired him, he wasn’t sure he wanted to make music anymore.

“I left touring with Grieves back in the fall of 2012,” he says. “I was at a crossroads. I was writing and was seeking out if I should continue with music. The sessions proved to me that I needed to remain in the music business.”

With that new spark, Budo says he couldn’t be happier with the album and his direction.

“It’s something different from what I normally do,” he says. “I didn’t put any restrictions on myself and just let it all happen organically. It’s like I had this blank canvas and I could do anything I wanted. It proved to be a great way for me to search within myself.”

On his current tour, Budo says he’ll be performing the majority of the album.

“I want the audience to get the feel for the body of work as a whole,” he says. “Plus this is my first solo album, so I’ve got to showcase the songs.”

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