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Erin Harpe Country Blues Duo at The Press Room

The Press Room
77 Daniel St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States

Acoustic blues mastery.


A rising star in the roots and blues scene with a growing fan base around the world, guitarist/singer/songwriter Erin Harpe has been compared to legendary blues women like Bonnie Raitt and Rory Block. Living Blues Magazine called her “one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting roots rocking blues women on the scene”, and the Midwest Record dubbed her “Bonnie Raitt on modern performance enhancing drugs!” Recently named New England’s “Blues Artist of the Year,” Erin has garnered critical acclaim with her award-winning electric blues band Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers for a decade, gaining a considerable fan base with their memorable high-energy performances and irresistible mix of genres they call “Boogie, Blues & Beyond.”

Erin gets back to her roots in the acoustic blues for her new Country Blues Duo (a.k.a. “CBD”) with longtime partner/bassist Jim Countryman. Appropriately nicknamed “shit-kicking blues” on a recent UK tour, they create a very full, danceable and engaging sound with their down-home duo, which features Erin on acoustic guitar, vocals, kazoo & foot percussion, and Jim on ukulele bass and backing vocals. Their energetic performances transport the audience to the Delta, with vintage classics by the likes of Memphis Minnie, Mississippi John Hurt, Tommy Johnson and Blind Blake – elevated by Erin’s own interpretations – and mixed in seamlessly with original compositions and country blues takes on popular songs. Erin Harpe CBD is a must-see roots act that will get any crowd moving!

The duo’s latest release, MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE (2020 VizzTone) was recorded in the couple’s home studio while in quarantine during the pandemic. The new album has gotten rave reviews, declared “today’s country blues at its very best” by Frank Matheis in Living Blues Magazine, and getting a 3 out of 4 star review in MOJO. The album entered the charts at #13 on Billboard’s Blues Chart, and climbed to #5 on Relix/Jambands.com Radio Chart, #7 on iTunes Top US Blues Albums, #9 on North American College & Community Radio’s Top 30 Blues Chart, #8 (Top 50 Contemporary Blues Albums) & #15 (Top Blues Albums) on Roots Music Report’s Charts, and #17 on Living Blues Radio’s Chart, also making several 2020 top 10 lists!

“Erin Harpe has a timeless quality about her. Maybe it is her signature look with a flower in her hair and the fishnet stockings, a look that would have worked in any decade over the past century. Or maybe it is her virtuoso finger picking guitar style or the way she can play the slide guitar like some of the recent greats such as Bonnie Raitt or Rory Block. Or maybe it is her beautiful singing voice, especially when she is covering the old-time blues music of Memphis Minnie or Sippie Wallace with a confidence and sass that might remind you of Maria Muldaur. Her style is both endearing and enduring.”