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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." 

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preview the songs first!

That should go without saying, but in this case I feel it's important.
If "Bottom of the River" drew you here than be warned, nothing on the album comes close, or is even in the same vein. If anything, this is more like vaguely Irish folk/pop. It certainly isn't blues. Just a fair warning.


As a music teacher, it is refreshing to be able to recommend to my students a truly talented, entertaining group that is not over-produced. Great writing, addictive beats and such a fusion of styles and influences that the end product is truly original. Bravo!

Delta Rae is a ray of hope...

For good-music lovers everywhere. Their songs are moving, cinematic, heartfelt, and completely unique. In addition, their live performances are absolutely mind blowing. You will be hearing them on the radio and seeing them all over TV very soon. The real deal has arrived folks.


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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