Okay, imagine this.... Country-blues singer/guitarist Erin Harpe moves from D.C. to Boston, where her Memphis Minnie influences get mixed up with some electro-booty-shakin' attitude. Add in the solid bass of Jim Countryman, tasty drums and eerie vocal harmonies of Bob Nisi, and the electrified sounds of longtime Boston harp dog Richard "Rosy" Rosenblatt, and what do you get? That's Charles River Delta Blues.... y'all. With her new band Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, Erin and the gang give the music a new twist to create a genre they call “Charles River Delta Blues”, which combines delta soul and spirit with Boston's rich blues heritage, while bringing it to the 21st century. Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers have already been receiving accolades, including, 2010 and 2011 Boston Music Award nominations for Blues Artist of the Year, winning the 2010 Boston Blues Challenge, being semi-finalists at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, as well as having the honor of opening for blues legends Honeyboy Edwards and James Cotton. The Delta Swingers are now working hard on their debut album, which will be out in later this year.
Erin has been hailed as "an authentic blues chanteuse", earning a reputation for her raw style and "total, selfless and compelling immersion in the music" and accomplished finger-picking guitar playing. Like her predecessors Memphis Minnie and Charley Patton, Erin has a wide appreciation of many styles of music, and ventures fearlessly outside the blues to lead her "Other Band", the electro-funk dance band Lovewhip. Erin has even been known to slip a Lovewhip song into her blues sets, and the dancers don't seem to mind a bit.
Erin grew up around Washington, DC, the daughter of popular area bluesman Neil Harpe, who was her first teacher. As a teenager she began performing as a solo artist at folk festivals, coffee houses, bars and parties, where she honed her sparse renditions of vintage blues songs. Since moving to Boston in the late '90's, she has performed at venues such as the original House of Blues, the Middle East and Harpers Ferry, and done far-flung festival dates in New York State and Austin, Texas. Erin has released two acoustic blues albums, her debut Blues Roots (2002) and 2008's Delta Blues Duets, which have received rave reviews and airplay across the United States, as well as at least six European countries and Japan.
Dynamic guitarist, accomplished song-writer and vocalist, Jim Kaminski has left people pumped and calling for more all across this country, from Austin to Boston, from New York to New Orleans, from Nashville to Portland. Performing original music ranging from hard-edged blues-rock to soulful grooves and beautiful acoustic tunes, Jim is also a master of the Jam element.
Working the best out of his top-notch players Rudi Weeks on bass and Dave Nelson on drums, Jim K & Co is well known for driving the crowd to a dancing frenzy! They will be performing some brand new material as well as all the favorite tunes fans have enjoyed in the past. " Music is about feeling something" says Jim K so come listen and be prepared to move!
Here's just a few quotes by notable Valley critics and writers about past performances of Jim K & Co ---
"One of the most incendiary live guitar acts in the area" ----- Dave Simons, Valley Advocate
"Extremely soulful singing and guitar playing. One of the Valley's best and most creative guitarists"
----- Paul Burton
Music Revue Magazine
" A heart-felt kind of music -- sparkling" --- Donnie Moorehouse
Springfield Union News
See Jim K live on YouTube at --- No Cover Cafe --- and at Stearns Sq. with the legendary Fat.