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Delta Rae

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Jul 30, 2017 – 7:30 PM

2708 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95816 Map

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with Liz Longley
It's been a busy year for the relentlessly hard working six piece rock band from Durham, NC, whose sophomore album After It All came out on April 7, 2015. Since the release of their debut album Carry The Fire in the summer of 2012 and 2013's follow-up EP Chasing Twisters, Delta Rae has been profiled everywhere from NPR and Time to Forbes. Rolling Stone proclaimed that "if Fleetwood Mac came up in North Carolina, they might resemble Delta Rae." VH1 hand selected them for their "You Oughta Know" Artist Of The Month program, and they performed twice on both The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan. Live is where Delta Rae truly flourish, having spent the last year and a half playing to sold out venues from coast to coast, even sharing the stage with First Lady Michelle Obama when they performed during a Democratic rally at UNC Chapel Hill. They've played pretty much every festival under the sun, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Voodoo, and are excited to be hitting the road again.
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Delta Rae: From a quiet, country house nestled deep within the Durham, North Carolina woods, Delta Rae fuses its inspired 4-part harmonies with a deep Carolina soul. They are Mumford & Sons meets Fleetwood Mac -- a full-throated Alt-Pop band with four lead singers -- delivering crushing harmonies and one of the most electrifying live experiences on the club circuit.

In just under two years, Delta Rae has produced a diverse catalogue of original songs, an independently released EP, and a dynamic live experience that has attracted widespread attention from fans and artists alike. Having headlined shows to sold-out crowds on both coasts and opened for popular artists like Carbon Leaf, Edwin McCain, Hanson, Rooney, and Vienna Teng, Delta Rae is establishing itself as one of the most impressive young bands in America.

The Story

In early 2009, siblings Ian, Eric, and Brittany Holljes, together with long-time friend Liz Hopkins, moved to a country house in the woods of North Carolina to pursue their life-long passions for making music. The complete Delta Rae story, however, begins much earlier. Born and raised in the South, the towheaded Holljes siblings eventually swapped their southern accents for west coast slang when they moved to San Rafael, CA in 1996, following their dad's career as a toy inventor. Before long they met Elizabeth Hopkins, a vibrant brunette with a big voice, who would become a close friend to all three. Ian and Eric were quiet kids – known throughout their high school for their singing, songwriting, and as stars on the lacrosse field. Brittany was an early entertainer and renegade. In defiance of blonde stereotypes, she dropped out of high school as a sophomore and went straight to college, graduating from UC Berkeley at nineteen. Elizabeth was everybody's friend – homecoming queen, singer extraordinaire, and owner of a contagious smile.

After high school, Ian and Eric returned to their Southern roots and went to Duke University. There, they founded Running Lights, a popular campus band, heavily influenced by Coldplay and The Fray. In 2007, after Ian graduated, Eric was approached by and began working with classmate Mike Posner, an up-and-coming singer/producer, with whom he wrote "Cooler Than Me" – a song that went double platinum and became one of 2010's biggest hit singles.

At the same time, Ian worked for one of America's most revered authors, the late Reynolds Price, serving as his caretaker in the author's quiet country home. While there, Ian began writing songs. Works like "Morning Comes", "Darlin If", and "Young and Pretty" were born out of his introspective experience with the legendary writer and cancer-survivor, whose radiation therapy left him in a wheelchair at the age of fifty. Recognizing that these songs needed singers of great emotional depth and power, Ian asked his siblings, and friend, Liz, to join him in North Carolina. With Eric sharing songwriting duties and the girls bringing their characteristic vocal virtuosity, the early Delta Rae was born. In September 2009, the newly-formed quartet had their first rehearsal in the drafty, white house Ian bought with the savings from his work with Reynolds. That same month, they played their first show at Duke University.

Nine months later, the Delta Rae EP was released, and has since sold over 4,000 copies. Soon after, they recruited the talented and respected Raleigh-based rhythm section – Mike McKee on drums and Grant Emerson on bass – and began touring extensively up and down the East Coast.

For all their success and growth in their first two years together, Delta Rae remains a band born of friendship and family. Their music hinges on hope and a deep sense of meaning while their live show reflects the joy, passion, and deep bond they feel for each other, the music they create, and the amazing fans and friends who join them.

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