This season we’re extremely excited to share our very first ever holiday album with you – “THE CHRISTMAS SWING” – coming out this December 7th on VizzTone/Juicy Juju Records! Full-color 4-panel CD digipack, with cover design by Erin! Pre-orders come signed and numbered, with a special-edition Christmas card!
Exciting Pre-Order Benefits: • Instant song download of “Jingle Bell Blues”! • Personalized, signed Christmas card from Erin! • Beautiful 4-panel color digipack, designed by Erin! • Exclusively hand-signed and numbered by Erin! • First download! You’ll get the album download TWO WEEKS EARLY! (11/23/18) • Early delivery! Your CD package will be sent out ONE WEEK EARLY! (11/30/18)
The new album THE CHRISTMAS SWING features ten songs – including a couple of Erin’s originals and her own arrangements of traditionals and songs by Chuck Berry, Bessie Smith, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Leadbelly, Bo Carter, and a UK band Erin discovered called Lil’ Lost Lou. The title track is a re-working of Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers’ 2014 hit The Delta Swing, co-penned with special guest Richard Rosenblatt (who also lends harmonica). Building on her last album, Erin’s guitar playing shines as she plays a number of different styles, ranging from acoustic fingerstyle on Bessie Smith’s “At the Christmas Ball” (a duet with pianist John Juxo), to raw electric guitar on Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “Merry Christmas”, to slide-guitar (with perfectly matched harp) on Jingle Bell Blues, to the early rock n’ roll licks of Chuck Berry’s “Run Run Rudolph.” Her well-known kazoo also makes an appearance on the Smith tune and the (not really holiday-themed, but festive) Bo Carter number “Drink and Get Drunk”, as well as on closer Auld Lang Syne.
The record features Erin Harpe – all vocals and guitars (electric, slide, and acoustic), as well kazoo and percussion; Jim Countryman – bass, claps, and snaps; Matt “Charles” Prozialeck – harmonicas; and Chris Anzalone (Roomful of Blues) – drums and percussion.