Here's my cover design for the new album, Meet Me In The Middle! Pre-sales officially start September 29th!! (Or you can sign up for our fan club/mailing list and get early access to pre-order!)
It's August, my birth month! (Not that I'm one of those people that celebrates the whole month, LOL!) But I do love August. Usually, I'd be out doing a tour with the band, maybe playing a festival or two... but this year it's all about stay-cations, working in the studio, and trying to find time to take a little walk (when it's not too hot out!!!). Jim and I have been buzzing around, getting ready to release a new album -- our first release in two years(!), and my first full acoustic album in 12 years (which is hard to believe!). Fingerstyle acoustic blues is where it all started for me, so I'm really excited to share this very personal and intimate album with you!
We're pleased to announce that the new album, Meet Me In The Middle, will officially be released October 30th on VizzTone/Juicy Juju Records! Pre-sales start September 1st, so next month we'll be revealing all the great pre-order options, including new merch, a seat at our private live-streamed album release party concert (date TBA), posters, CD's, vinyl LP's, T-shirts, kazoo's, early access to the album and more, so stay tuned...
In other news (more details below):
- Speaking of merch, our summer clearance sale is still happening (50% off everything in our stores!)
- We have TWO shows this month!
- You can hire us for a Curbside Concert!
- Our Wednesday Live Stream Concerts continue on Wednesdays!
Another month has passed in lock-down... but we've been keeping really busy, and have lots to share. For the last few weeks Jim and I have been working hard in our studio on the new Country Blues Duo album, and we think it sounds pretty great! In fact, we just sent it off to today to our engineer, Pete Weiss, to mix. The album is set to be released in October on VizzTone, and we'll be doing lots of fun stuff leading up to the release, more on that soon...
Since we need to make some space in our "storeroom" for CD's and other album-related merch, we've decided to have a big summer merch sale! We've added a few new items to our online stores, like new t-shirt designs, check them out, and get yourself something nice! All items are 50% off until August 31st (no coupon code necessary). The store links are below, along with all our other news tidbits: show news, Curbside Concerts, Augusta Blues Week, and our July live streaming schedule. Enjoy, and we hope to "see" you soon!
Visit our merch stores now and get half off! There's lots to choose from, check out the product lists below.
Erin Harpe Store - CD's, vinyl, T-shirts, instructional guitar DVD's, T-shirts, tank tops, girly T's, trucker hats, beanie hats, patches, flask/shotglass sets, cheap sunglasses, pins, bottle opener keychains, koozies, signed posters, and stickers! Click here to go to the Erin Harpe Store!
Wow, June is here already, and the world is becoming crazier than ever. I hope that somehow some meaningful change can come out of all this. Please stay safe out there! Here in Boston, we've been busy getting some stuff accomplished around the home/studio, and we've been thankful to be staying connected to you twice a week for our Wi-Five Live concerts.
My last month was all about guitar workshops. I want to thank everyone who attended my Intro To Country Blues Guitar online workshop! It was such a success that I plan on doing another one (I'll announce it next month!). I also put together two guitar workshops for Augusta Blues Week. All you budding musicians and blues lovers should consider signing up for this great program, which usually takes place in the mountains of West Virginia, but this year has moved online. Check it out/sign up here!
This month Jim and I have a new project, and we're really excited to get it started and share it with you! We are recording our first acoustic CBD album! We've been wanting to record our Country Blues Duo for a while, and coincidentally we find ourselves stuck at home together, with no touring, so it makes perfect sense. Stay tuned for more announcements about the upcoming pre-sale and release date!
Guitarists! Take your guitar playing to a whole new level with my online Intro To Country Blues Guitar Workshop, coming up on Saturday, May 16th from 2-3:30pm (Eastern Standard Time). This is an online workshop, so you can attend from anywhere! In this fun 90-minute live streamed Zoom workshop, you'll learn basic country blues fingerpicking skills and techniques. This is an intro level class, great for guitarists that are already familiar with first position chords, who want to spice up their playing. It's going to be lots of fun, and you'll come away able to play a new song!
Country blues guitar involves picking out a bass line with your thumb, while simultaneously picking the melody with your fingers, creating a full sound that's almost like two guitars being played at once. In this workshop, I’ll share secrets about how to get your thumb and fingers coordinated, teach you some helpful exercises, and show you a song or two that showcase these techniques. Plus, so that you can continue your practice, you’ll get downloadable tablature and mp3s for the exercises and songs from this workshop – free to all who attend!
If you're new to fingerpicking guitar, or need to brush-up on the basics, this class is ideal for you! I’m keeping the cost low for this workshop, just $29. Register now at my website to reserve your spot!
We'd like to invite you to join us again this month, as we expand to one hour long concerts, twice a week. Tune in Sundays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 7pm (EST)!
Where to watch:
➡️ Watch and COMMENT at our Facebook page: Facebook.com/ErinHarpe.Blues
➡️ Watch at www.BoxfordCableTV.com
➡️ Tune to Comcast Ch 8 or Verizon Ch 45 in Boxford MA and surrounding communities!
THANK YOU SPONSORS!
You guys are so awesome! We're sending out BIG THANK YOUS to all our sponsors, who have sent us tips through Venmo and PayPal. Thanks for helping support indie music during this tough time!
We also want to thank Boxford Cable TV for sponsoring our live concerts, and featuring us on their station! If you are not on Facebook, you can tune in to our shows on their stations in Massachusetts, and also at their website www.BoxfordCableTV.com.
You can sponsor our live stream through Venmo at @ErinHarpe or Paypal to Paypal.me/JuicyJujuRecords or email@example.com (send to "friends & family", that way they won't charge us a percentage). Thanks!!!
News from ERIN HARPE & the DELTA SWINGERS, LOVEWHIP, and ERIN HARPE CBD
It's April, and we're all home, so come live stream with us!
Hope you're doing okay! We're all fine, at the moment anyway. The worldwide Corona virus pandemic has us avoiding social gatherings, so for the time being I'm stuck at home here in Boston with Jim and Elwood the cat (who is loving this, by the way). We miss you all!
As you may have seen on Facebook, we started doing daily live stream concerts every day, right after all our gigs were cancelled for the next month and beyond. We wanted to be able to connect with you, and "going live" being the new thing, we wanted to try it. Well, we're happy to report that we loved going live, and we even made the Boston Herald because of it! Thanks to music writer Brett Milano for interviewing me. Check out this his article about musicians in this time of live streaming. (Thanks Satch Romano for the posting the pic below!) And I want to sincerely thank everyone who's been tuning in, commenting, and sponsoring our live stream shows!
With all our upcoming April shows cancelled due to the Corona virus, we're now doing regular streaming concerts! Hope to see you Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm (Eastern Daylight Time)! Let's get together for tunes and togetherness 💕 meet us on Facebook at Erin Harpe – Blues, or click https://www.facebook.com/ErinHarpe.blues/live/ to see all our live concert recordings!
If you are able, you can SPONSOR OUR LIVESTREAM:
PayPal (send to "friends & family") to:
We love you guys, and hope you're doing well, staying safe at home! Thanks for joining us!! Leave a comment (I'll see it live if you post on the Erin Harpe - Blues page!).
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Erin & Jim
Hey there everybody! With the COVID-19 situation, many of our live gigs have been cancelled, so we're going to be going live quite a bit in the coming weeks and months. You can tune in at my Facebook Page, Erin Harpe – Blues (make sure you're following us so you get the updates!).
The first one is tonight, Sunday 3/15, from 7 until 7:30pm, Eastern Standard Time. Hope to see you there!
You can send a tip in any amount and SPONSOR OUR STREAM at:
Venmo (send to @ErinHarpe)
PayPal to papal.me/JuicyJujuRecords
Thanks, and hope to see you there tonight for a STEAMING good time! (That was a typo, but I'm going with it!)
Country Blues Video Wednesdays...
My latest project is a weekly country blues guitar video series, which I'm pretty excited about! Every Wednesday I'll be uploading a new solo acoustic blues video – just me and my guitar, playing acoustic country blues songs in the style I grew up learning from my dad, Neil Harpe (check out his cool vintage guitar website StellaGuitars.com for a little more about my dad and what he's up to). This week's video is of Willie Brown's “Mississippi Blues” – click here to watch it! So far there are three videos in the series, see them all in this YouTube playlist:
*If you love YOUTUBE, hit “SUBSCRIBE”, so you'll know when the next one is up!
**You can also “LIKE” my new Facebook page Country Blues Guitar Lessons for updates!
Our next big hometown show is coming up on Saturday, February 1st with Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers at The Porch Southern Fare & Juke Joint in Medford, MA! If you haven't checked out this cool new venue yet, you definitely should! They have fantastic food, amazing drinks, and a great dance floor. Not to mention free parking! (Or you can take the Orange Line to Wellington Station and take the free shuttle to Rivers Edge!) $10. Located at 175 River's Edge Dr., Medford, MA.
Hope to see you Boston friends!!!
We're so excited to present the official music video for the last cut on our holiday album – Auld Lang Syne. Start the year off right watching this lovely intimate video, featuring Erin in a vintage 1940's sequined gown and classic look, singing you into the New Year with heartfelt emotion. Feel free to watch this with a group on New Years Eve, share with family and friends, and enjoy! We hope you love it!
Blues chanteuse Erin Harpe sings the traditional New Years song Auld Lang Syne, featuring a capella vocals with harmonies and a surprise ending! This is the official music video for the song, originally released on Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers' holiday album "The Christmas Swing".
Filmed by Dave Geissler with assistance from Jim Countryman. Video editing by Erin Harpe.