Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Delta Rae's Debut EP // Talented Local Act Releases Album

If you haven't seen local "soulful folk/rock" sensation Delta Rae perform yet, you are part of a rapidly dwindling population and should remedy that right now. You can start by checking out their debut EP, just released for sale on, or by watching the video below, of their original gospel tune "Bottom of the River," always a crowd-pleaser and an excellent showcase of their impressive vocal talent.

This versatile group of young musicians, featuring a core of Elizabeth Hopkins and sibling trio Eric Hölljes, Ian Hölljes and Brittany Hölljes, along with James Goldberg, recently opened for national act Edwin McCain at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro. This is a group a long time in the making; Brittany is a childhood friend of the Hölljes's, and Eric and Ian have been performing together for years, throughout both of their undergraduate careers at Duke. Delta Rae has been a band for less than a year, but they already have a dedicated following and have made appearances not only in the Triangle area but across the state and as far away as California and New York. With powerful vocals (various lead vocalists), tight harmonies, strong instrumentation, great lyrics and general good looks, this group is poised to do big things. I fully expect to hear "Darling If" or "Ooh Caroline" on the radio before too long. Delta Rae won't be "local" for long, so check them out at one of their upcoming shows. Here are details on their CD release party:

The Delta Rae CD Release Party w/ Vienna Teng and Alex Wong, and Jason Adamo
Where: The Broad Street Cafe
1116 Broad St, Durham NC 27705
When: June 7, 2010; Doors 6pm, Show 7pm
Price: Advance $12; Door $15
Tickets: Purchase Here; Get your tickets -- we're shooting for a sold-out show!


I am particularly fond of this band for their Duke connection and because they played at a February benefit concert that I organized and which doubled as my CD release show. When they get famous, I can say that they opened for me. ;) -- Sarah

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