Delta Rae is a band of Southern storytellers.
Started in 2009 in a house in the woods of Durham, NC, the six-piece features three siblings—Ian, Eric and Brittany Hölljes—and their childhood friend Liz Hopkins. In 2010 they rounded out the band with North Carolina natives, Mike McKee on drums and Grant Emerson on bass..
They’ve been touring and telling stories through their music ever since.
Full of the four-part harmonies that are quintessential to their sound, narrative-driven genres have consistently been at the core. Songs like “Bottom of the River”—a swampy Southern tale a of a witch’s revenge—live seamlessly alongside pop country ballads like “No Peace in Quiet” and “You Can Tell Him,” which speak of life after love lost.
Now based in Nashville, the band has released two studio albums and four EPs with plans to release dual albums The Light and The Dark independently in 2020 and 2021.
Frances Cone is a Nashville based soulful indie band. For someone with deep familial roots in opera and classical music, founder Christina Cone seems preternaturally capable of writing songs focused on capturing the insane, unthinking fireworks of the human heart. Anxiety. Heartbreak. Transcendent love. The secrets of a diary so sacred and precious it only exists internally, every word an eyes-shut-tight whisper. To create music like that, such as on their forthcoming album ‘Late Riser’, takes actual, emotional bravery. It takes a level of empathy and love that stays locked and unavailable in most people. Luckily, Christina and her multi-instrumentalist musical and life partner Andrew Doherty found each other in Brooklyn NY a few years ago and all the locks failed. They started creating what would become half of ‘Late Riser’. Between them there was just enough courage to hold hands and jump.
They landed in Nashville, TN and immediately found a home in the city’s thriving alternative scene. There were challenges and successes and lots of hard work but all along the songs kept coming. Music lovers at Noisey, Billboard, Stereogum, and Brooklyn Vegan among others began to take notice. NPR invited the band to perform at their Tiny Desk concert series and they garnered more than 12 million streams on Spotify. The seed of a musical identity first hinted at on Cone’s 2013 release ‘Come Back’ blossomed into something unignorable and meaningful. After years of patience and perseverance, ‘Late Riser’ was finally finished. The record is a testament to what modern pop music is capable of when imbued with honesty and emotion so palpable you can taste it in your mouth. It’s not opera, and it’s not the result of any calculation or outside influence. It is pure feeling: watching a fireworks display through happy tears.
No stranger to change or the journey that comes with it, Carrie Welling has been behind the wheel of her musical experience from a young age. The newly minted indie pop songstress has carved a remarkable path of sound and story, with all roads leading to her recent rebirth as a solo artist in Nashville, TN. Her bold, rich voice, reminiscent of Natalie Maines and Stevie Nicks, is upstaged only by the genuine love and confidence this natural performer exudes on stage.
Melodies rich in country roots, paired with edgy rock lyrics drenched in Welling’s city-bred past are stunningly showcased in “The Edge,” Welling’s latest EP, produced by Dave Pittenger and crowd-funded through independent artist ambassador, Pledge Music. From the arena-pleasing, empowering track, “How To Lose Him,” to the vulnerably honest, “Some Kind of Vulture,” fans of all ages and musical tastes will find a piece of themselves in Welling’s work.
Following a successful New York and Nashville EP release, Welling embarked on the Welling & Williams Tour, hitting cities along the Southeast, Northeast, Mid-West and California Coast. Sign Carrie’s e-mail list for the latest news and releases.