ERIN HARPE & THE DELTA SWINGERS
“Erin Harpe is a knockout.”
–Robert Feuer, KGGV-Occidenta (CA )
“Delightful delivery and positively top-notch fretwork… about as good as it gets!”
–Blues Magazine (Netherlands)
“Easily Bonnie Raitt on modern performance enhancing drugs, Harpe is blues mama for our times. Killer stuff...”
“Erin Harpe is a hunter and gatherer... collecting the sounds as her branded version of Delta Blues, reimagining and reworking the music.”
“Harpe is delightful. She creates a happy vibe reminiscent of Hot Tuna... for those looking for a really good time.”
–Richard Ludmerer, Making a Scene
- International Blues Challenge Semi-finalist (2019, 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)
Singer/guitarist Erin Harpe is quickly becoming a favorite rising star in the blues scene, with a growing fan base around the world. She’s been called “one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting roots rocking blues women on the scene” by Living Blues Magazine, and has been compared to legendary blues women like Rory Block and Bonnie Raitt – the Midwest Record proclaiming she is “easily Bonnie Raitt on modern performance enhancing drugs,” adding “Harpe is blues mama for our times!” In 2019 Erin has already been tearing it up, competing solo in the International Blues Challenge in January (where she made it to the Semi-Finals!), and recently completing her second successful UK tour with her acoustic duo. This summer she’ll be hitting festivals and clubs in the US from Massachusetts to Illinois, West Virginia to Pennsylvania and beyond, and also working on her new album, coming out later this year!
In 2010 Erin and and her husband, bass player Jim Countryman, started Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, an electric delta blues-inspired quartet. 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. They were signed to blues label VizzTone in 2014. In the past 9 years the band has gone electric and branched out to created their own sound, dubbed “boogie, blues and beyond” – an electrifying original sound that takes you from the delta to the dancefloor mixing in funk, soul and reggae swing!
Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers have released three albums, which did well on radio charts and received critical acclaim from media around the world. “Love Whip Blues” (2014) received 4 stars in DownBeat Magazine and airplay around the world, including SiriusXM's Bluesville, and the band’s sophomore album “Big Road” (2017) made the TOP TEN in Roots Music Report’s Contemporary Blues Albums chart, the iTop Top 100 Blues Albums AND Relix Jamband Radio Charts. Erin also released her first holiday album in November, “The Christmas Swing” (2018), which was a big hit, making it to #2 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Holiday Album Charts, as well as #17 on the Living Blues Charts in December 2018! Erin’s other releases include the solo acoustic album “Blues Roots” (2002), “Delta Blues Duets” (2008) – an album of duets with her dad – as well as an instructional guitar DVD, “Women of the Country Blues Guitar” (2016, through Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop), and also 6 albums with her world music inspired dance rock band Lovewhip.
Whether performing an acoustic set – as a solo, duo, or with her new trio Erin Harpe & the Messers – giving a guitar workshop, or performing with her electric band Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, Erin engages the audience and puts on a great show that gets fans moving and grooving. “She has it all – a golden voice and the guitar chops that dazzle. As many of the great divas of the roots rocking blues are aging, the emerging new generation, like Imelda May, Grace Potter and Erin Harpe are firing up younger audiences, and Erin Harpe makes it as fun and exciting as ever, and that’s a good thing for the blues.” –Living Blues Magazine
“Erin Harpe is one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting roots rocking blues women on the scene and it’s time she gets noticed, as she has it all — a golden voice and the guitar chops that dazzle. As many of the great divas of the roots rocking blues are aging, the emerging new generation, like Imelda May, Grace Potter and Erin Harpe are firing up younger audiences, and Erin Harpe makes it as fun and exciting as ever, and that’s a good thing for the blues.”
–Living Blues Magazine
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“★★★★ Avoiding the perils of predictability, these four New Englanders craft a fresh, genre-crossing group sound…” -DownBeat Magazine
“Erin Harpe is a hot mama blues singer.” –Sing Out!
“Grabs the senses with a power and beauty that simply improves listen-on-listen... Harpe is a very fine guitar picker, with a great grasp of the ragtimey-blues feel and tradition in particular. Her voice is glitzy and grounded in the tradition too... An excellent bit of work.” -Iain Patience, Elmore Magazine UK
“They won me over with a sound that harkens back to the time of juke joints, with some modern funk and rock woven in. Erin Harpe’s got a righteous set of pipes and plays a mean guitar and the rest of the band has a whole lot of awesome going on.” –Aimsel Ponti, MaineToday's Face the Music
“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
“Love Whip Blues is a good time album, full of retro touches, fine musicianship, and a lively vocal performance from Erin Harpe... If you like blues music, which is well played and sung, with an eye on keeping the feet tapping, then this album should be on your list.” –Blues Matters (UK)
“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
“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
“A dance band that has a unique delta blues flavor and a world music creamy filling... mixing in afrobeat, reggae, funk, and disco with delta blues finger-picking, creating an amazing new sound.” –Phil Simon, Live Music News and Reviews