Jamaica Plain, MA
2012 Boston Music Award Winner "Blues Artist of the Year"
2012 & 2010 Boston Blues Challenge Competition Winner
2012, 2011, & 2010 Boston Music Award nominee
Erin Harpe has been hailed as “an authentic blues chanteuse,” earning a reputation for her raw delta blues style and “total, selfless and compelling immersion in the music.” Erin is an accomplished finger-picking acoustic guitarist, performing originals as well as classic 1930’s songs by everyone from Tommy Johnson to Memphis Minnie with her husband Jim Countryman on Ukelele bass. She is recognized along with Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Shemekia Copeland, Rory Block, and Ana Popovic in 2013’s “30 Women Burning Up the Blues” in The Alternate Root Magazine.
Erin and Jim love to play the down home acoustic blues and have played with Phil Wiggins (of Cephas and Wiggins), James Montgomery, Warner Williams & Jay Summerour and many more and opened for some of the blues greats including T-Model Ford, Honeyboy Edwards and James Cotton. They’ve played at the House of Blues, Caffe Lena, Passim, the International Blues Challenge, South by Southwest, New York State Blues Festival and many other festivals and venues around the US.
Growing up in the Washington DC area, Erin began playing the guitar in her teens taught by her father, bluesman Neil Harpe. She soon began performing at folk festivals, coffee houses, bars, and parties in the DC area, developing a strong blues guitar and vocal style of her own. Erin relocated to Boston to develop her music career, where she met local blues talents such as Paul Rishell and Susan Tedeschi. Erin has released two acoustic blues albums, her debut Blues Roots (2002) and 2008’s Delta Blues Duets, which have received rave reviews and radio airplay across the United States, as well as at least six European countries and Japan. Erin’s soulful vocal style and accomplished finger-picking guitar playing has earned her many fans, including guitar great Ronnie Earl, and she is quickly becoming recognized on the international blues scene. In fact she just completed her first European tour in April and May 2014!