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World Cafe Nashville: Delta Rae

The members of the sextet talk about honing their artistic identity, getting comfortable in the country lane and letting their consciences guide them.
All six members of Delta Rae are huddled around a table in a Nashville cafe, nursing paper cups of coffee and tea as the rain pelts the parking lot outside. Four of them, singers Brittany Hölljes and Elizabeth Hopkins and writer-instrumentalists Eric Hölljes and Ian Hölljes had played a brief opening set at the Ryman Auditorium the night before. Brittany recognized that a crowd comprised of radio industry types in town for Country Radio Seminar and lured by the hit-making rep of the night's headliner, Chris Janson, might not be familiar with her group, which was still new to the format. So she'd made a point to identify those sharing the stage with her as her brothers and their lifelong friend, and explained that their buddies in the rhythm section, bassist Grant Emerson and drummer Mike McKee had been given the night off, this being an acoustic performance and all.

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