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ERIN HARPE and the delta swingers

Erin Harpe is a true "daughter of the blues" . As a young girl, Annapolis, Maryland–native Erin Harpe learned the blues literally at the feet of the African American blues players of the Washington, D.C. acoustic scene. Her father, visual artist and guitarist Neil Harpe, was a mainstay at the famed Archie’s Barbershop where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Archie Edwards, John Cephas, Phil Wiggins and John Jackson. Erin grew up as a friend to all, picking up the true blues from early on. Neil Harpe is internationally renowned among guitarists and expert in the Piedmont style of blues playing and passed the deep traditions of the blues on to his daughter.

On songs like 'Gimme That' I always find Erin Harpe is at her pinnacle when she's cutting loose with some funk, pop bluesy coolness....this is energy squared!

'Kokomo' is another classic blues song written by Chicago blues great Scrapper Blackwell in the 1920's but covered by a host of blues greats through the years. Erin Harpe has a talent for bringing some of the great delta sounds up to the millennial age while keeping true to the spirit. Trained at a young age in the disciplines of traditional delta and Piedmont blues by her father, guitarist Neil Harpe, Erin is a true soul for the origins of the American tradition.


No one knows for sure who actually wrote Rollin' and Tumblin' but it has become a blues classic recorded by...well, most blues artists at one point or another...Muddy Waters had the most notable version...Willie Newbern has the first recorded version... Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers have the latest version recorded live at The Extended Play Sessions Fallout Shelter with Matt Prozialeck on harp, Jim Countryman on bass and Devin Vaillancourt on drums.

Erin Harpe and The Delta Swingers

Erin harpe - guitar, vocals

Jim Countryman -  bass, vocals

Devin Vaillancourt - drums

Matt Prozialeck - harp

The Session Crew

Produced and edited by:
Bill Hurley

Cameras:
Maribeth Arena

Bill Hurley
H. Nat Stevens
Joanne Craig

Audio:
Eric Nordstrom
Connor Quigley

Mixed by:
Connor Quigley

Lighting/Special Effects:
Rick Smith

Stage Production:
Gerry Earabino

Photos:
Dan Busler Photography