Warner Bros. Records have set a June 19th release date for Delta Rae's debut album, Carry The Fire.
Delta Rae are one of the first signings in quite a while by the legendary Seymour Stein himself, who is renowned for having a keen eye for new talent and had a hand in the careers of such iconic artists as the Ramones, Talking Heads, the Pretenders, Madonna, and The Smiths.
Stein called the band "an important addition to our overall roster. Their music, all original, is a mix of blues, country and gospel with a strong rock and roll influence. I hate labels, but if forced I would have to call their music 'Original Americana,' not unlike what the English are sending over via Mumford & Sons and others. I'm very proud to welcome Delta Rae to Sire. I know you will love Delta Rae and their music as much as I do."
Check out the video for "Bottom Of The River" to get a good idea of what Delta Rae is all about here. You can also download a free live album in exchange for an e-mail address on their website here.
According to the label, the 6 person unit - 3 siblings, Brittany, Ian & Eric Hφlljes along with Elizabeth Hopkins, Mike McKee and Grant Emerson - create a sound rich in Carolina soul with hypnotizing 4-part boy/girl harmonies. Think Americana meets Alternative meets blue grass meets pop.
They are currently out on the road and will play a variety of festivals this summer and fall including Mountain Jam in Upstate NY and Harvest Fest in Arkansas (a full list of upcoming dates is below.)
Delta Rae Tour Dates
4/21 NC Cuegrass Festival 2012, Raleigh, NC
4/29 Mountain Stage, Huntington, WV
5/15 WorkPlay Theatre, Birmingham, AL
5/17 Hang Out Beach Music & Arts Festival, Gulf Shores, AL
5/20 99x Park Tavern, Atlanta, GA
5/26 Salute to Summer, Virginia Beach, VA
6/1 Kirk Fest, Roanoke, VA
6/2 Mountain Jam, Hunter, NY
6/3 Herndon Festival, Herndon, VA
6/12 Eagleview Concert in the Square, Exton, PA
6/16 Pizza Fest, Chicago, IL
6/19 Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA *Album Release Show*
7/3 Barboza, Seattle, WA
7/8,9 Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
7/14 Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Westport, CT
7/19 Dogfish Head Brewery, Rehoboth Beach, DE
7/20 Summer Sounds/Concerts in the Park, Greensburg, PA
7/21 WXPN Festival, Philadelphia, PA
8/8 Parker Press Park, Woodbridge, NJ
8/9 The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
8/10 Bethlehem Musikfest, Bethlehem, PA
9/16 Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Arlington, TX
10/11 Harvest Fest, Ozark, AR
11/9 Riverhawk Festival, Brooksville, FL