Photo by Kevin Umlauf from the Rhythm & Roots Festival. Can’t wait till festival season!
Hello, it’s March!
Boy, February just blew by, with barely a moment to come up for air... We were busier than any month over the past two years, and that’s a good thing! We’re very thankful to be getting out playing shows again, now that (it seems like) the pandemic is slowing down, and it’s been great to make some plans and to see some of you in person.
You may have noticed that our livestream concert didn’t happen last month – our schedule was so packed I decided to move it to Wednesday, March 16th at 8pm (EST). I hope you can make it! Here’s the Facebook event!
We have quite a few cool east coast shows coming up over the next couple months, so check out our Show Highlights below, and make sure to check out our full schedule if you’re not in those areas. Anddd, we also have some very exciting news coming up – summer festivals and tour plans – to be announced soon! Stay tuned!!
Peace on earth, and good music & love to all! 🇺🇦✌️❤️🎶
PS. Here’s a pic of the very silly cat of our recent hosts in Vermont! (Yes, she decided the most comfy spot was the dish drain...🤣)
Upcoming Show Highlights – GET TIX NOW!
Thurs. 3/10 • The Tralf • Buffalo NYTICKETS Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers return to Buffalo, presented by Howlin’ at the Tralf! Our friends Rockabilly Steve & BR3 open the show.
Fri. 3/11 • 443 Social Club • Syracuse NYTICKETS Erin Harpe Country Blues Duo returns to 443 Social Club in Syracuse. We just love the 443, they have great food, fabulous cocktails and drinks, and there’s not a bad seat in the house!
Fri. 3/25 • The Burren Backroom • Somerville MATICKETS Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers in Somerville, presented by the Burren Backroom Series! This show is ALL AGES, and if you get your tickets online you can save a few bucks when you use the Coupon Code “24HOUR”.
Sat. 4/2 • Jamey’s House of Music • Lansdowne PATICKETS Erin Harpe Country Blues Duo comes to one of the Philadelphia area’s coolest blues venues, Jamey’s House of Music. You have to see this place to believe it, and they have fantastic food too!
Fri. 4/8 • Caffé Lena • Saratoga Springs NYTICKETS Erin Harpe Country Blues Duo returns to the legendary folk club Caffé Lena in Saratoga Springs. This time it will be with a real live audience, and we’ll be sharing the bill with my good friend and VizzTone label mate, the amazing Danielle Miraglia! This promises to be a really fun show, and I’m looking forward to singing a song or two with Danielle!
Fri. 5/6 • One Longfellow • Portland METICKETS Rescheduled from January. Erin Harpe Country Blues Duo opens the show featuring some songs from our new album, followed by Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! We’re celebrating the season with with a big HOLIDAY MERCH SALE! Save 25% on all Erin Harpe - Blues music and merchandise!!! Go ahead and get some of your holiday gift shopping done now, or get yourself something nice – you’ll save money! – plus you’ll be supporting a small business, while also avoiding those pesky supply chain delays! ; )
CD’s, LP’s, t-shirts, masks, hats, kazoo-zaphones, posters, sunglasses, patches, stickers, koozies, and everything else, is 25% off! Check it all out at our store – and don’t forget to use the coupon code “2021HOLIDAY” to get your discount!
I wanted to share some more good news, which just seems to keep coming in lately. ;) In the midst of a busy week and weekend of shows, I found out I've been nominated for “Blues Artist of the Year” by the Boston Music Awards! (The Delta Swingers actually won it back in 2014, but this time it's just little ole’ me.) Anyway, after our recent NEMA “Album of the Year” win, it's a really nice surprise to be nominated again (along with so many talented friends) for a BMA! You made the difference last time, so, I'm hoping for your help again...
I would love your vote!
Just like last time, you can help decide the winner – we did it last time with the New England Music Awards... So, if you have a minute, cast your vote! (Thanks! Cross your fingers!!)
Happy November, I hope you and yours are doing well. We've been having a nice couple of weeks, with plenty of good news coming in! We're looking forward to the celebrations ahead, as we wrap up our summer touring season and get ready for some cozy indoor fun... and we have lots to celebrate!
Jim and I are extremely honored that our duo album, Meet Me In The Middle, received “Album of the Year” from the New England Music Awards(!!!), and on top of that, it's up for consideration to be on the GRAMMY ballot for “Traditional Blues Album”! The GRAMMY thing is a long shot... but we're just happy to be recognized, and who knows?! So, feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, I'm excited to enjoy the moment with you – so join us this season, in person or online. Details below!
We’re thrilled to announce that our album, “Meet Me In The Middle”, was just named 2021 ALBUM OF THE YEAR by The New England Music Awards!!! Jim and I are very honored, especially because this album was self-produced and recorded at home during quarantine by the two of us. We’d like to thank everyone who helped make this possible, including Pete Weiss (mixing), Peter Linnane (mastering), Joe Harrington at Boston Street Photography (cover photo), Dave Geissler (additional photos), David Avery (Powderfinger Promotions), and Richard Rosenblatt & Amy Brat at our label, VizzTone Label Group! ❤️ Big thanks to our fans for your continued support, and for voting for us ❤️ and to all the DJ’s and others who helped get the music out there!! And many thanks to the NE Music Awards for this award, and for supporting independent music in New England!!! 💋 Listen/buy/stream the album at linktr.ee/erinharpe
There's a bit of a chill in the air, as my favorite season of the year rolls in, FALL! I hope you're able to get out and enjoy it – and if you're in the Northeastern US, you might be able to catch a show in person... We'll be coming to Kingston NY, Newmarket NH, and Fall River & Hingham MA with the Country Blues Duo this month, including some exciting shows with the award-winning Anthony Geraci Band! We're really excited to be doing our first big show with him at The Narrows on Saturday, October 16th! As well as a few more fun shows!
Annnndddd, I know lots of you aren't in those areas, so I'd like to invite you to join us on Thursday, October 21st for Music & Conversation – an online event! We purposely scheduled it early – 2:30pm EST – so hopefully some of our European friends can attend! Love to have you there, it'll be lots of fun!
Following are all the details, hope to see you (or hear from you) soon!
Hot off the (virtual) press! We're excited to receive some great press from Greece, with an in-depth interview with Michael Limnios! It's a fantastic article, including some very insightful questions about our history, thoughts on the blues and the future, beautifully illustrated with a well-curated collection of photos.
Joyous Roots Blues Meeting:
Q&A with Boston-based Erin Harpe & Jim Countryman, one of the most exciting roots rocking blues duos
by Michael Limnios Blues Network
"Music is for healing in a very crazy world. It is an escape, it is education, it is entertainment. Music is magic!"