The Family Centric Americana Recipe Of Delta Rae
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

We shot our fiery Americana-soaked Delta Rae session just over two months ago. A lot of great music has come out since then, but every day, without fail, my mind turns to "Chasing Twisters." The After It All favorite stirs the dust of memory and transports me to the American plains that I've only ever really seen from an airplane. And Elizabeth Hopkins' electric vocals never fail to spark the embers of passion and excitement. It's the final performance of our session with the band (which also includes jaw-dropping takes of "Scared" and "Run"), and my only hope is that you'll be as leveled by these performances as I was that day.

Delta Rae's Americana roots are no sham in an era where Americana has become all the commercial rage and labels are increasingly finding ways to twist its appeal to make quick cash. A family folk-rock act from North Carolina, Delta Rae is home to the Hölljes siblings (Ian, Eric, and Brittany) as well as Elizabeth Hopkins, Mike McCee, and Grant Emerson. And with their southern roots and familial connection, Delta Rae understands what the key to great Americana is: emotional authenticity.

It's impossible to listen to the otherworldly wails of Elizabeth & Brittany and not be moved. Between Brittany's soaring vocal range and the raw, vulnerable texture of Elizabeth's voice, they create a grand sweep to their music without feeling like forced theatricality. Add in the soaring strings and propulsive keys that also define the band's sound, and you have a group that is equal parts Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac, but with a modern, youthful quality that sets them apart.

Be sure to be on the lookout for our session when it finally has its long-awaited release tomorrow.

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