by Karyn Shaw
The Opening Ceremonies in London may have kept several thousands at home in front of their televisions Friday night. But it wasn’t enough to detain the six hundred plus crowd that packed the sold out Delta Rae concert at Cat’s Cradle.
After their recent release with Warner Brothers, Carry the Fire, including their hit single “Bottom of the River” which they performed earlier this month on the Jay Leno Show, and their nomination in The Rolling Stones “Women Who Rock” Awards, the word is out: this band rocks!
The band has been on a six week tour from San Francisco to Chapel Hill with numerous stops along the way to appear on radio shows, and the famous Late Night Show with Jay Leno. Despite all of the recent fame and recognition, Delta Rae continues to do what they have done for years: make great music, and perform it proudly. Starting in North Carolina back in 2009, the Cradle show served as a homecoming for their CD release party.
Indeed, the band has not forgotten their North Carolina roots. Many of their songs pay homage to the hometown in both their sound and lyrics. Their single, “Bottom of the River”, which came to band member Eric Holljes in a dream, is sung as a Gospel chant and boasts old percussions (drums and chains) paired with the rich vocals and high energy that Delta Rae puts into every song.
The most evident sign of the band’s talent is that each member is a vital contributor to the overall sound, and the songwriting. Each member had their chance to shine Friday night as they took turns playing frontman to the songs they had written. Guitarist and Vocalist, Ian Holljes shared a new one, inspired by his long time girlfriend called, “What You Thinkin’ Bout Baby?” The cool, Motown-inspired tune is sure to be another hit once it’s released.
In the middle of the set, the band did something unusual. Brittany Holljes asked the crowd, “How quiet can you guys get?” A few confused murmurs followed, “we’re going to try something different.” Holljes said. The band filed off the stage and made their way to the center of the crowd, and performed an acoustic version of “Hey, Hey, Hey.”
When the last song on the set list was sung, the lights dimmed down for the prelude to the encore. As a surprise for the band, concert goers were given a homemade torch, made out of a paper cone, red and orange tissue paper, and a battery-operated candle. Fans were instructed to turn those candles on for the encore. When the lights went down, the torches were lit (so to speak). Rather appropriate for the night of the Opening Ceremonies. But, even more appropriate for the last song and title track to the new album, “Carry the Fire”. As the band took the stage, each member stood shocked and amazed at the crowd’s gesture, looking out over hundreds of torches waving as the crowd chanted, “Encore!”
Although the band didn’t make it to the final round of The Rolling Stones “Women Who Rock” Awards, it seems to have sparked a greater enthusiasm. It is that same attitude that has kept the band going strong, moving forward and staying positive since 2009. As frontwoman and vocalist Brittany Holljes said, “We didn’t make it to the final round [of the “Women Who Rock” Awards], but that’s okay. We’ll make our way into The Rolling Stones the old-fashioned way!”
If they continue doing what they’re doing, they’re well on their way.
Buy their album, Carry The Fire here: www.deltarae.com/album/carry-fire
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Details At A Glance:
Lecrae will be performing at the Summit Church in Durham, NC on May 11.
The show starts at 7:00 and the doors will open at 6:30.
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