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Blues Roots

by Erin Harpe

Solo acoustic delta country blues
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chauffer Blues (Memphis Minnie)
2:58 $0.99
2. Alligatoe Blues (Bessie Smith)
2:32 $0.99
3. One Thing I lIke About That Man of Mine (William Moore)
3:00 $0.99
4. Bye Bye Blues (Tommy Johnson)
3:55 $0.99
5. Big Bad Bill (Yellen/Ager)
3:02 $0.99
6. In My Girlish Days (Memphis Minnie)
2:00 $0.99
7. M & O Blues (Lucille Bogan)
3:56 $0.99
8. You Gonna Quit Me Blues (Blind Blake)
3:21 $0.99
9. Big Road Blues (Tommy Johnson)
3:50 $0.99
10. Pick Poor Robin Clean (Geechie Wiley)
3:00 $0.99
11. Future Blues (Willie Brown)
4:01 $0.99
12. Stop and Listen Blues (Eleanor Ellis)
2:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Lovewhip's sexy and powerful front woman, Erin Harpe is not your average girl singer-guitar player.

Aside from her duties as lead singer and guitar player for Lovewhip she plays authentic rootsy acoustic blues from the 1930's, finger-picking intricate guitar parts while singing.

In a genre that is often dominated by males, Erin is breaking new ground as a very accomplished female guitar player with a soulful voice and feel for the blues.

Playing acoustic delta blues in the vein of Memphis Minnie and early Bonnie Raitt, Erin simply plays guitar and sings the blues like no other.

Erin began playing the guitar in her late teens, taught by her father, Neil Harpe.

They soon began performing together at Folk Festivals, coffee houses, bars, and parties in the Washington DC area, doing various styles of blues that her father played when she was growing up.

Now based in Boston, Erin has continued to develop a strong blues guitar and vocal style of her own.

In addition to her solo performances, Erin is also the lead singer in the Afro-pop and world music inspired dance band Lovewhip.

Erin's background in the delta blues comes through in her passionate and vampy vocal style.

She is also Lovewhip's sole guitar player, weaving melodic Afro-pop guitar lines with percussive Jamaican skanks on her flame orange Gretch electric guitar.

Erin's first solo cd "Blues Roots," was released by Juicy Juju Records in January, 2002.

On it she performs songs written by such blues legends as Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith, and Tommy Johnson.

Here is Erin's chance to let her true love of the delta blues shine.

Raw and unaccompanied - Erin's unique take on the blues is sure to make a lot of new fans.



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DC Blues Society Newsletter

Maybe it's in the genes, but Erin Harpe, daughter of
Maybe it's in the genes, but Erin Harpe, daughter of longtime area bluesman, Neil Harpe, has produced a wonderful album of acoustic blues, Blues Roots. The disc is on Juicy Juju Records, the label that Lovewhip, the Boston-based world pop band she fronts, records for. Erin displays considerable command of a wide range of blues including songs associated with Memphis Minnie (Chauffer Blues and In My Girlish Days), Tommy Johnson (Bye Bye Blues and Big Road Blues), Bessie Smith (Alligator Blues), Willie Brown (Future Blues) and others. She plays a strong, percussive-tinged guitar that suits these songs perfectly but is also able to nimbly fingerpick on a Blind Blake number, You Gonna Quit Me. She delivers her vocals with a strong, straightforward and natural delivery that is quite appealing and is reminiscent of longtime DC area blueswoman, Eleanor Ellis, who is credited with the closing Stop and Listen Blues. This is a fine debut album of traditional country blues that is available through, and can also be accessed through Lovewhip's website

Bradley B. Tinnon

This woman has got it together with her clean guitar & a voice that stopped me in my tracks. I can't remember the last time all the work on a single CD kept my attention. Glad I stumbled onto her on iTunes.

Philippe Deherand

It's a must.
Anyone who loves country blues should buy this records.
The guitar is very nice, the voice is great.
What more can I say...Don't hesitate, it's a must

Michel Chesnais France

Erin HARPE sing and play
Erin HARPE sing and play new acoustic recordings of classic blues songs powerful,moving and unadulterated!

Jeff Adair, jazz drummer

Stunning, absolutely HOT, bluegrass picken' and singing!
Erin Harpe displays STUNNING, absolutely Hot, bluegrass picken' and singing in this CD / ALBUM!! She plays her guitar as if she was born with it in her arms! Her Rich and Soulful voice will blow your mind, as she sings out these blues tunes! This is one CD everyone should want to have in thier collection!!! AWESOME!!!!!!
I can't wait to hear this fresh young artists next CD, WOW!! This one definitely hits the top of the charts for me!!!!

Michael Prince, Blues in Britain

Erin is a great singer and fingerpicking acoustic guitarist, ...
Erin Harpe is another player I discovered on the MySpace website, having noticed her surname and wondering if she was in any way connected to Neil Harpe, the accepted authority on old Stella guitars and a fine blues picker in his own right. It turned out she is his daughter and on the strength of this record, he can be justly proud of his parenting skills.

Erin is a great singer and fingerpicking acoustic guitarist, and here she presents a fine selection of rural and classic blues numbers. Things get off to a great start with a rousing version of Memphis Minnie’s “Chauffeur Blues” and there is also a reading of “My Girlish Days” later on. Although the work of women singers features heavily, Erin also tackles pieces by the likes of Tommy Johnson with some great string slapping and Blind Blake.
My current favourite from the album, however, takes us back to the ladies and it is her superb arrangement of Bessie Smith’s “Alligator Blues” which positively rocks along. Throughout the album she sings and plays with great confidence, perhaps hardly surprising for a lady who in a parallel universe fronts the indie band, Lovewhip.

Recommended to lovers of good, clean acoustic picking.

Rating: 8
Michael Prince

Egor Kraev

Great guitar, amazing voice
Fantastic. Heard it playing in a cafe, and knew I had to have it. Great guitar, and the unusual voice - it just works, in a raw, minimalist kind of way;)