Band to Watch: Delta Rae

by Ellie McHale

I love me some soulful, southern, folky rock… Enjoy y’all.

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Band: Delta Rae

From: Durham, North Carolina

Members: Ian Hölljes (vocals and guitar), Eric Hölljes (vocals, guitar, piano and keys), Brittany Hölljes (vocals), Elizabeth Hopkins (vocals), Mike McKee (drums) and Grant Emerson (bass)

Their sound: In theory, Delta Rae’s music is Americana folk rock. In practice, it’s a bit more complicated: bluesy and soulful, sometimes gentle and melodic, sometimes aggressive and visceral —and always rich with textured four-part harmonies. From howling gospel-inspired choruses to mellow bluegrass-tinged guitar riffs, everything’s fair game.

3-Minute Bio: Delta Rae has already built up a fan base devoted to their infectious, festival-friendly aesthetic. Following the release of their 2012 debut album Carry the Fire, the band has spent the past year on tour and just played their first set at Bonnaroo. At the cornerstone of the band are the Hölljes siblings, who grew up singing together. The trio eventually teamed with Hopkins, McKee and Emerson to form…

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