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Delta Rae spring tour dates, new album details

Delta Rae Honest Tune feature photo-David ShehiDelta Rae, the six-piece band from Durham, North Carolina, is excited to announce the release of their second studio album, After It All, for April 7 via Sire/Warner Bros. Records. The album follows on from 2012’s critically acclaimed debut Carry the Fire, which introduced the band to the world as the new face of American folk rock, with a bluesy and soulful twist.


Since their last release, Delta Rae has been traveling constantly, bringing their incredible live performance to sold-out crowds across the country. They’ll be returning to the road for a slew of headline and festival dates in support of After It All, kicking off February 7 for Mardi Gras in Galveston, Texas. A list of confirmed dates is below, and tickets for all headline dates go on sale this Friday, January 16.

 moment. You can sense that all the pieces of the puzzle are important for the picture the album paints.”


More details on After It All are still to come, check in with deltarae.com for more updates.

Confirmed 2015 Tour Dates:

02/07  Mardi Gras! Galveston @ Saengerfest Park – Galveston, TX

03/27  Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA

03/28  The Americana Festival @ Weinberg Center for the Arts – Frederick, MD

04/09 Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

04/10  9:30 Club – Washington, DC

04/14  Webster Hall – New York, NY

04/18  Royale Boston – Boston, MA

04/19  Sweetwater 420 Festival @ Centennial Olympic Park – Atlanta, GA

04/23  Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI

04/24  Metro Chicago – Chicago, IL

04/25  Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI

04/28  First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN

04/30  Deluxe @ Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN

05/01  City Winery – Nashville, TN

05/07  Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC

05/09  The Ritz – Raleigh, NC

Going deep with Delta Rae: Live, Backstage, Unplugged & Photographed

In mid-May, history repeated itself here at Honest Tune when an email and subsequent phone call came in from Warner Brothers Records.

While on the scene at Hangout 2011, the phone rang. On the other end of the line was a gentleman who had “an act that was about to release an EP.” He thought that the artist would be a perfect fit for our little Southern Journal of Jam and was imploring that we check him out when he passed nearby on a tour that would lead up to Bonnaroo. The tour (Bonnaroo Buzz) would be headlined by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and opened by the Futurebirds and a little known artist from Austin that the publicist said was one of the most promising acts he had seen in “a long time.”  He was referring to Gary Clark, Jr. and he could not have been more right. During the call, he suggested that if we “liked what we heard that we should consider something deeper.”

Though acoustic performances had been something that had intermittently been published, it was from this phone call and a subsequent meeting with Clark that officially birthed Honest Tune’s Live, Backstage & Unplugged series was born.

Fast-forward to this year. A similar call came in from the same Warner Brothers label. On the line was a excited representative who was referring a band as “the pride of Durham, North Carolina.” She went on to describe their sound as “Americana meets alternative meets bluegrass meets pop.”  The band is Delta Rae and off the top, we were enthused by these statements.



Consisting of three siblings, Brittany, Ian & Eric Hölljes along with Elizabeth Hopkins, Mike McKee and Grant Emerson, the ensemble — that rides high on the four part boy/girl harmonies created by the Hölljes and Hopkins — creates a sound that is near hypnotic. Though entrenched in soul flavors that are unique to the South, it is as relevant as it is raw and possesses a quality that leaves room for even the most mainstream casual listener. Further, their visual appeal is just as satisfying; not only by their inherited good looks but also with their live show that elementally draws from theatre.  In short, Delta Rae is a complete package.

After a deeply listening to the the band’s forthcoming LP and major label debut, Carry the Fire (due 6/15/12 on Sire Records), there was no doubt that we wanted them to be included in the now tried and true Live, Backstage & Unplugged series.

Fortunately, they agreed and as luck would have it, the band made a stop at Birmingham’s WorkPlay on the way to the Hangout Music Festival where it was abundantly clear that they are identically as capable of displaying that same provocative sound to a live audience as they are to a producer behind a glass window.

What has happened with Gary Clark, Jr. since that first meeting is now quite well known. He has gone from a musician that was well known around Austin to one that is becoming more and more well known around the globe as each day passes. And though the sound of Delta Rae is nothing like that of Clark’s, its similarity is in the fact that it may very well be what drives the band to an identical catapult toward success this year.

So sit back, relax and enjoy as Honest Tune and GrooveStreet.TV proudly and exclusively present Delta Rae: Live, Backstage & Unplugged  along with photos from the evening in Birmingham that transpired.


Delta Rae: “Bottom of the River”

For more on Delta Rae including a free download of the studio version of “Bottom of the River” and free live album, head over to www.DeltaRae.com


Click the thumbnails to view photos from the night in Birmingham (5/15/12) by David Shehi