January 13, 2015 – Delta Rae, the six-piece band from Durham, North Carolina, is excited to announce the release of their second studio album, After It All, for April 7 via Sire/Warner Bros. Records. The album follows on from 2012’s critically acclaimed debut Carry the Fire, which introduced the band to the world as the new face of American folk rock, with a bluesy and soulful twist.
Since their last release, Delta Rae has been traveling constantly, bringing their incredible live performance to sold-out crowds across the country. They’ll be returning to the road for a slew of headline and festival dates in support of After It All, kicking off February 7 for Mardi Gras in Galveston, Texas. A list of confirmed dates is below, and tickets for all headline dates go on sale this Friday, January 16.
Through their travels, the band has gradually landed on the themes to create this new album, a collection of songs that looks to the folklore and romance of the American frontier as a means of understanding our angst about what is yet to come. “Our goals for the record were to make something cinematic, romantic and American,” band member Eric Holljes says. The record began as a concept album, a story of young lovers who fall on hard times during the recent recession, but throughout the process it became clear that Delta Rae’s music had to tell stories as the band was personally experiencing them.
“We kept coming back to ourselves as we were writing,” says Brittany Holljes. “These songs were integral to our own stories in our own lives. It had to be an honest reflection of what we were feeling instead of being projected onto characters we created.”
The result is an epic 13-track album, created over the span of a year and a half, beginning in Los Angeles with Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Fleetwood Mac) in late 2013, continuing in Raleigh in the spring of 2014 and concluding with Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) in Bridgeport, CT during the fall of 2014. While the album has the same, distinctive “soft rock, bluesy style” that Billboard loved on the first record, the band pushed themselves to create something even bigger for After It All.
“We stretched ourselves immensely for this record,” Brittany says. “You can feel everyone’s heart in every moment. You can sense that all the pieces of the puzzle are important for the picture the album paints.”
More details on After It All are still to come, check in with deltarae.com and stay tuned for updates!
Confirmed 2015 Tour Dates:
02/07 Mardi Gras! Galveston @ Saengerfest Park – Galveston, TX
03/27 Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
03/28 The Americana Festival @ Weinberg Center for the Arts – Frederick, MD
04/09 Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
04/10 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
04/14 Webster Hall – New York, NY
04/18 Royale Boston – Boston, MA
04/19 Sweetwater 420 Festival @ Centennial Olympic Park – Atlanta, GA
04/23 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
04/24 Metro Chicago – Chicago, IL
04/25 Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI
04/28 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
04/30 Deluxe @ Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
05/01 City Winery – Nashville, TN
05/07 Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
05/09 The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
TIME: “In theory, Delta Rae’s music is Americana folk rock. In practice, it’s a bit more complicated: bluesy and soulful, sometimes gentle and melodic, sometimes aggressive and visceral -and always rich with textured four-part harmonies. From howling gospel-inspired choruses to mellow bluegrass-tinged guitar riffs, everything’s fair game.”
ELLE.com: “The open road has been a bottomless source of inspiration for countless songwriters, but few bands tap into its mystery and magnitude quite like the rocking country crooners of Delta Rae…it’s their lyrics-and their ability to weave the imagery of their travels into each verse-that sets them apart.”
The Washington Post: “They can evoke ideas of gospel and blues and rock, and put it all in there and create this amazing sound that really works for them.”