Posted On 27 Jul 2017
Last night (Wednesday, July 26) the North Carolina-based folk-rock band Delta Rae entertained the packed West Hollywood Troubadour.
The band consists of three siblings Ian Hölljes (vocals and guitar), Eric Hölljes (vocals, guitar, piano and keys) and Brittany Hölljes (vocals), as well as Elizabeth Hopkins (vocals), Mike McKee (percussion) and Grant Emerson (bass guitar). They have been playing together since 2009 and have released two full-length albums; “Carry The Fire” (2012) and “After It All” (2015). More recently, they put out an EP called “A Long And Happy Life” on March 25th via Valory Music.
Headlining over 100 shows each year and regularly playing at festivals, it’s no wonder they are incredible performers and really command the entire stage. It’s clear they’ve been performing together for quite some time as their on-stage chemistry is easy to see.
For roughly an hour a half, Delta Rae kept the crowd engaged and constantly moving. Each of them took turns singing lead and introducing each song. They performed tracks off all their previous collections, including “Ain’t Love, ” The Wrong Ocean,” “If I Loved You” and “Morning Comes” which Eric dedicated to the siblings’ father who he looks up to. For “Dead End Road,” Delta Rae welcomed the show opener Liz Longley to perform with them back on stage. Their harmonies were beautiful and appeared effortless.
One particularly memorable part of the show was when Delta Rae songstress Elizabeth Hopkins talked about their partnership with Tickets For Teachers. On this Long And Happy Life Tour, they are offering free tickets and an on-stage acknowledgement to deserving individuals at each of their shows. This program is rooted in gratitude for those who have inspired the band and an opportunity to use their position to spotlight the contributions, sacrifices and hard work of all teachers.
“We started Tickets for Teachers to honor educators who inspire and challenge us to be the best versions of ourselves. If not for the teachers in our lives, Delta Rae wouldn’t be doing what we love or sharing our music with you,” explained Hopkins.
A teacher by the name of Beth was the winner for this show. She waved her hand to the crowd after Hopkins thanked and pointed her out.
Delta Rae’s happy faces and incredible musicianship skills lit up the Troubadour and created a perfect mid-week concert experience.
Tickets are still available for future dates on this tour and are on sale now at: deltarae.com/
View our All Access previous interview with Delta Rae here: Delta Rae Interview