Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers
Band Name: Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers
Album Name: Love Whip Blues
Music Style: Delta Blues
Led by charismatic singer/guitarist Erin Harpe, the band’s unique brand of “Charles River Delta Blues” is rooted in vintage 1930’s Mississippi delta blues, evoking an old-time juke joint where the whiskey and gin are flowing and everyone’s dancing!
“Erin Harpe has it all. The looks, the chops, the voice, the presence and the band all add to an aura that mesmerized the crowd…” –The Alternate Root Magazine
“Something akin to what the blues sounded like, Muddy and his band plugged in, which sounds better than ever in these hands.” –Cheap Thrills Boston
2014, 2012 & 2010 Boston Blues Challenge Competition Winners!
2013 & 2011 International Blues Challenge Semi-finalists
2012 Boston Music Award Winners “Blues Act of the Year”
2012, 2011, & 2010 Boston Music Award nominees
Charismatic singer and guitarist Erin Harpe, along with her band the Delta Swingers, have become favorites around New England, with a growing fan base around the world. Their unique brand of dance music is rooted in vintage 1930’s Mississippi delta blues, then shaken and stirred with other genres like soul, funk, and reggae, evoking a wild southern juke joint where the whiskey and gin are flowing and everybody’s dancing.
Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers features Erin on electric and acoustic guitar and lead vocals, backed by Jim Countryman on bass, Bob Nisi on drums and vocals, “Sonny” Jim Clifford on slide guitar, topped by Richard “Rosy” Rosenblatt’s blistering electric blues harp. Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers have just released their long-awaited debut album “LOVE WHIP BLUES” on VizzTone/Juicy Juju Records.
Growing up in the Washington DC area, Erin began playing the guitar in her teens taught by her father, bluesman Neil Harpe. She soon began performing at folk festivals, coffee houses, bars, and parties in the DC area, developing a strong blues guitar and vocal style of her own. Erin relocated to Boston to develop her music career, where she met local blues talents such as Paul Rishell and Susan Tedeschi. Erin has released two acoustic blues albums, her debut Blues Roots (2002) and 2008’s Delta Blues Duets, which have received rave reviews and radio airplay across the United States, as well as at least six European countries and Japan. Erin’s soulful vocal style and accomplished finger-picking guitar playing has earned her many fans, including guitar great Ronnie Earl, and she is quickly becoming recognized on the international blues scene. In fact, Erin just completed her first European tour in Spring 2014!
Like her predecessors Memphis Minnie and Charley Patton, Erin has a wide appreciation of many styles of music, and ventures fearlessly outside the blues to lead her “Other Band”, the electro-funk dance band Lovewhip. Erin has even been known to slip a Lovewhip song into her blues sets, and the dancers don’t seem to mind a bit.