Presskit – Erin Harpe Acoustic

  • International Blues Challenge Semi-finalist (2017, 2013 & 2011)
  • “Blues Artist of the Year” from the Boston Music Awards (2012)
  • Boston Blues Challenge Winner (2018, 2016, 2014, 2012 & 2010)
  • Boston Music Award Nominee (2018, 2012, 2011, & 2010)

Erin Harpe has been called “one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting roots rocking blues women on the scene” by Living Blues Magazine. Winner of the 2018 Boston Blues Challenge, and nominated for 2018 “Blues Artist of the Year” by the Boston Music Awards, Erin is having an exciting year. Brought up on delta and piedmont blues, which she learned from her dad, Erin recently entered and won the Boston Blues Challenge playing solo. She’ll be headed off to Memphis in January to represent Boston at the 2019 International Blues Challenge! On top of that, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers were nominated for Blues Artist of the Year this year alongside local greats and friends James Montgomery, Peter Parcek and Danielle Miraglia among others!

Growing up in Maryland, Erin learned finger-style blues guitar from her dad, visual artist/guitarist/Stella guitar expert Neil Harpe, as well as from watching local piedmont blues luminaries such as John Cephas & Phil Wiggins, John Jackson, Eleanor Ellis, Warner Williams, and others – at the famed Archie’s Barbershop in Washington, DC. Later moving to Boston, Erin put out two acoustic blues albums, Blues Roots (2002) and Delta Blues Duets (2008) – an album of duets with her dad – in between touring and releasing five albums with her rock band Lovewhip (with hubby/bass player Jim Countryman). Erin’s soulful vocal style and accomplished finger-picking guitar playing has earned her many fans, including guitar greats Ronnie Earl and Billy Gibbons, and she is quickly becoming recognized on the international blues scene.

In 2010 Erin and Jim started their new band, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, and they were off to a great start right away, winning the Boston Blues Challenge that same year and being christened “Charles River Delta Blues” by the local media. Their debut album, Love Whip Blues (2014, produced by Dave Gross), received 4 stars in DownBeat Magazine and airplay around the world, including SiriusXM’s Bluesville! Erin also released an instructional guitar DVD in 2016, Women of the Country Blues Guitar (through Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop). The band’s sophomore album Big Road was released in late 2017 to rave reviews, making the TOP TEN in Roots Music Report's “Contemporary Blues Albums” chart, the iTop “Top 100 Blues Albums” AND Relix Jamband Radio Charts!

Erin loves to play the down home acoustic blues and has played with Phil Wiggins (of Cephas and Wiggins), James Montgomery, Warner Williams & Jay Summerour, Eleanor Ellis, and many more and opened for some of the blues greats including ZZ Top, T-Model Ford, Honeyboy Edwards, Roy Bookbinder and James Cotton. She's played at the House of Blues, Caffe Lena, Passim, the International Blues Challenge, South by Southwest, the New York State Blues Festival and many other festivals and venues around the US. She has toured the UK and Spain with her acoustic duo (joined by Jim Countryman on ukelele bass), and she also performs with her Country Blues Trio, which also features Matt “Charles” Prozialeck on acoustic harmonica.

Photo by Bibiana Huang Matheis. Video (below) by Frank Matheis.

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Erin Harpe. Photo by Guitar Workshop.
Erin Harpe. Photo by Bibiana Huang Matheis.
Matt Prozialeck, Erin Harpe, Jim Countryman.
Jim Countryman, Erin Harpe. Photo by Philip Ratcliffe.

Photo by Archie Fergusson


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