Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, her Boston Music Award-winning band, are releasing their second full-length album, BIG ROAD. The self-produced album highlights Erin’s diverse influences, from her roots in acoustic delta and piedmont blues, to her electric side – slide guitar, boogie blues, funk and soul. Since the release of their acclaimed debut LOVE WHIP BLUES (VizzTone/Juicy Juju 2014), Erin and the band have been touring the country non-stop – honing their craft, and making plenty of new fans. Erin has emerged into the limelight, taking on a more direct role as producer and playing lead guitar. BIG ROAD is an apt name for her new, self-produced album. It describes where she and the band have been, traveling the highways and back roads, bringing people joy through their music.
BIG ROAD features ten songs – including four originals, and Erin’s own arrangements of songs by Mississippi Fred McDowell, Tommy Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Slim Harpo, and Randy Newman. “It’s the album I’ve always wanted to make,” explains Erin, “an authentic live-sounding set of songs, centered around my guitar playing, which is at the root of my music – from acoustic finger-picking, to electric slide guitar, to wah-wah fueled funk, with a few guitar solos thrown in. I also wanted to highlight our band sound by playing live in a room together, with just a handful of overdubs. We went into the studio after a 3-week tour based around the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (where we made it to the semi-finals), so we were very tight.”
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 vocals and lead guitar, backed by Jim Countryman on bass, Devin Vaillanport on drums and vocal harmonies, and Matt Charles on harmonica. Their critically acclaimed debut album “LOVE WHIP BLUES” (VizzTone) has been very well received, getting 4 stars in DownBeat Magazine, and airplay around the world including SeriusXM’s Bluesville!
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