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Editors’ Notes

North Carolina's Delta Rae was signed to its label by Seymour Stein, who also signed The Ramones, Talking Heads, The Pretenders, Madonna, and The Smiths and who was paid tribute with a song by Belle & Sebastian bearing his name. Such high regard raises the ante for this sextet, featuring siblings Brittany, Ian, and Eric Holljes and three nonrelated members. The band's debut album is a mix of Americana influences, with a definite gospel shade projecting from the female vocals of "Holding On to Good" and the collective voices on "Bottom of the River." Harmonies are an integral aspect of the group's appeal, and the vocal ensemble of "Country House" and the spirited "Morning Comes" bear this out. The exquisite drama of "Forgive the Children We Once Were" reels back the band's sound to a subtler arrangement of piano and strings before building to cathartic heights. "Unlike Any Other" similarly works with the quieter end of the spectrum for outsized results. The album's deluxe edition features acoustic versions of "Morning Comes" and the nonalbum track "New Days." 

Customer Reviews

Awesome new band. Fresh!

Was just introduced to "bottom of the river" and was instantly sucked in. The sound is incredible. Please come to St Louis!!

Terrific new band!

I heard Delta Rae perform at the Bele Chere in Asheville, NC. They were really great live. All four singers had powerhouse vocals, and the keyboards and percussion were fresh and original. They also gave explanations about the meanings of many of the songs which I thought helped the audience understand them. I wouldn't be at all surprised if we start hearing a lot more from and about this band.

Dynamite Sound!

This band has what appears to be a dynamite sound! However, I could use a little more cow bell!


Formed: 2009 in Durham, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Earthy familial alt-pop outfit Delta Rae skillfully juggle gospel-tinged country-rock, sensual blue-eyed soul, and harmony-laden Americana, resulting in an infectious, radio-ready sound that falls somewhere between Nickel Creek and Adele. Formed in 2009 as a four-piece around the talents of siblings Ian, Eric, and Brittany Hölljes along with Elizabeth Hopkins, the North Carolina-based band expanded to a sextet the following year with the additions of Mike McKee and Grant Emerson. In 2011 the group...
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