Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers
Release Big Road!

BIG ROAD Release"The Delta Swingers pull out all the stops with a decidedly old-school, raw-edged core and confidence that make this album easily an essential release. If you've yet to try this lady, you're in for a treat with Big Road." ~ Blues Magazine (NL)

"A guitar slinger for modern times. Easily Bonnie Raitt on modern performance enhancing drugs, Harpe is blues mama for our times." ~ Chris Spector, Midwest Record

"Erin Harpe is a knockout." ~ Robert Feuer, KGGV-Occidenta, CA

"Harpe is delightful. She creates a happy vibe reminiscent of Hot Tuna. This highly entertaining album is recommended for those discerning listeners looking for a really good time." ~ Richard Ludmerer, Making a Scene

Bethesda, MD - Friday, April 6th, ERIN HARPE & THE DELTA SWINGERS celebrate the release of their sophomore album, BIG ROAD, at AMP by Strathmore! Erin has been called "one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting roots rocking blues women on the scene" by Living Blues Magazine. Following up their acclaimed 2014 debut, LOVE WHIP BLUES, the new self-produced album highlights Erin's diverse influences, from her roots in the DC area acoustic delta and piedmont blues scene, to her electric side - slide guitar, boogie blues, funk and soul! Opening the show is local DC area blues/rock/soulsters, L.A.T.O.

In the time since the band's debut album Erin and the band have been touring the country non-stop - honing their craft, and making plenty of new fans. They've driven countless miles (Erin behind the wheel) and had numerous adventures, and also (as you can imagine) trials, along the way. Subsequently, 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. It's also the name of Erin's favorite Tommy Johnson song, "Big Road Blues," which Billy Gibbons complimented her on when she opened for ZZ Top!

jazzbluessoup"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 solos thrown in." The album was recorded (and mixed) in just 6 days by Pete Weiss at Verdant Studio, during a snowstorm in Southern Vermont, and features Jim Countryman on bass guitar and ukulele bass, Matt "Charles" Prozialeck on harmonica, and Kendall Divoll on drums and percussion, with a little organ and accordion added by their friend Michael Casavant.

Get your copy of the brand new sophomore album, BIG ROAD, out now on VizzTone/Juicy Juju Records, PLUS other new merch - kazoo's, pins, patches, cheap sunglasses, hats, t-shirts, girly t's, lighters, posters, stickers, and tote bags!

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About L.A.T.O.
L.A.T.O. began in the fall of 2014 as an acoustic duo with the goal of shaking their stage fright and making bombtastic original music. Without knowing where it would lead, the duo set out to perform at any and every open mic around. Quickly thereafter, through word of mouth, the duo gained traction in the local music scene, and received offer after offer for live performances.

Since the birth of L.A.T.O., the duo shifted into a full band. Justina Johnson - soulful vocalist and driving force behind L.A.T.O. - writes all of the band's original music. Argee Rivera (RG), co-composes and co-arranges these songs. . . and dominates on the guitar! The duo works with various other instrumentalists to deliver the full band sound and experience.

About the venue
AMP is all about live music and great food. Seating is typically cabaret style so that patrons can relax and enjoy dinner, drinks, and snacks while they enjoy live entertainment on stage. Standing (and dancing!) room is available at the back of the venue for most performances. Outside the 2,800 square foot concert space there is a 1,100 square foot bar space to mingle before or after a performance.


Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers
AMP by Strathmore
11810 Grand Park Ave, Suite 400
N Bethesda, MD
Friday, April 6th, 2018
8pm | $20-$25 Tickets | All Ages | Facebook Event

Kelly Drew