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Eric and Polly Rapp are a husband-wife duo who have been making music together since 1997, when they met in a church choir. Eric didn't even attend the church at the time, but a fellow apartment-dweller suggested he join the choir, he chose the seat next to where Polly always sat, and the rest, as they say, is history.

 

To the partnership Eric brought fine flatpicking, an affinity for old-time country and bluegrass, and a knack for songwriting--influenced by artists as diverse as the Beatles, Norman Blake, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Nirvana, Tom Russell, Paul Simon, Smashing Pumpkins, Michael Smith, and Gillian Welch. Polly's musical background includes a lifetime of choral experience as well as solo voice training and interest in a variety of folk instruments. Her influences are mostly in the folk and rock veins.  A honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains clinched their now-signature sound, when they got their hands on their first mountain dulcimer. Since then they have established a varied repertoire featuring old-time country, country gospel, and folk tunes as well as a growing collection of original songs--wryly humorous or thoughtful takes on life, love, work, and faith.

 

Their first CD, I'll Remember You, Love, in My Prayers,  was released in 2003; in 2004 one of Eric's songs, "Don't Forget about Me (When You Get to Heaven)," was included in the CD anthology Music in Lawnridge Hall;  and their second CD, More Than Enough,  was released in the summer of 2006. In 2009 their original song "Surprised by Joy" was included on a CD benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As Long As I'm Here  also includes contributions by Pamela Campau, Annie & Rod Capps, Tom Chapin, Foxfire, Stewart Francke, Anne Hills, John McCutcheon, David Mosher, Siusan O'Rourke & Zig Zeitler, Peter, Paul & Mary, Ann & Will Rowland, Matt Watroba, and Josh White, Jr. (Click here for more details about all the CDs!)