“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 Route
“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
In her band Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, Erin and the gang give the music a new twist to create a genre they call “Charles River Delta Blues”, incorporating delta blues, country, Americana, soul and even reggae and world music. Audiences can’t get enough of their upbeat, danceable sound featuring originals tunes as and classic blues – from 1930’s delta blues and ragtime to early Bonnie Raitt. The Delta Swingers features Erin on electric and acoustic guitar and lead vocals, backed by Jim Countryman on bass, Bob Nisi on drums and vocal harmonies, and a revolving cast of Boston’s best blues soloists, including the blistering electrified harmonica of Richard “Rosy” Rosenblatt, slide guitar and barrelhouse piano. Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers are currently hard at work on their debut album, which will be released in early 2013.
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.
“This blues chanteuse breathes new, whiskey-soaked life into the likes of Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe, with a sound that's uniquely Charles River Delta.” –Boston’s Weekly Dig
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Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers
Bob Nisi, Richard Rosenblatt, Erin Harpe,
Jim Countryman. Photo by Greg Shea.
Erin Harpe and Richard Rosenblatt
Winners of the 2012 Boston Blues Challenge
Solo/Duo Competition. Photo by Jim Countryman.