Nothing More, Others Coming To Carrboro, Charlotte Next Month On 2015 Juggernaut Tour

Courtesy;  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy; Metal Blade Records

Up-and-coming hard rock four-piece Nothing More will kick off the new year with a pair of performances in North Carolina.

Nothing More will open 2015 with a live performance Saturday, January 10th at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina. The band, which is touring in support of its self-titled debut album, is serving as a support act to Periphery on that band’s 2015 “Juggernaut Tour.” It is joined by fellow support acts Wovenwar and Thank You Scientist.   Tickets for the bands’ show at Cat’s Cradle are $18 to $22.  Tickets are available online at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/717347?utm_medium=459899.  Doors open at 6pm with the show starting at 6:30pm.

After the bands’ show at the Cat’s Cradle, they will head on to Charlotte, North Carolina, where they will perform the next day, Sunday, January 11th at the city’s famed Fillmore. Those looking to attend the bands’ performance at The Fillmore can purchase tickets online via LiveNation at http://concerts.livenation.com/event/0E004D5ECA765781?dma_id=289&wt.mc_id=aff_BUYAT_97249&camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_97249&REFERRAL_ID=tmfeedbuyat97249.  Tickets start at $27 each.  Doors open at 7pm.

Nothing More recently released the second single from its self-titled debut ‘Mr. MTV.’ That single is currently in the Top 25 after having been out only a short time. It is a protest against the image being presented to today’s society concerning how people should look and act in order to be accepted and popular. The song’s companion video can be viewed online now via the band’s website. ‘This Is The Time (Ballst),’ the band’s debut single, grabbed the top spot on many rock charts for three weeks. More information on Nothing More including all of the band’s latest tour updates and news, is available online at:

Website: http://www.nothingmore.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nothingmore

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nothingmorerock

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Wovenwar Announces New Slate Of Live Dates

Courtesy;  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy; Metal Blade Records

Wovenwar will return to the road in 2015.

Metal Blade Records and the members of Wovenwar announced this week that the band will kick off 2015 alongside Nothing More and Thank You Scientists! on the Juggernaut tour. The bands will serve as support acts for headlining act Periphery. The tour kicks off Saturday, January 10th and will run for five weeks, ending February 14th in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets for the tour go on sale tomorrow, Friday, November 7th.   VIP packages will be available online via Soundrink.com.

Wovenwar is currently wrapping up the European leg of its tour in support of its self-titled debut record. That record is available now in stores and online. The last date for the European leg of the band’s tour will be this Saturday, November 8th in Goteborg, Sweden. After that, the band will take some much needed time off for the holidays, recharging and getting ready for the upcoming Juggernaut Tour. The complete schedule for the Juggernaut Tour is listed below.

WOVENWAR
Tour w/ Periphery, Nothing More, Thank You Scientist
January 10 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
January 11 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
January 12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
January 13 Tampa, FL Orpheum
January 14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
January 16 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
January 17 Houston, TX House of Blues
January 18 Dallas, TX House of Blues
January 20 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
January 21 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
January 22 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
January 23 Anaheim, CA Yost Theater
January 26 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
January 27 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
January 28 Seattle, WA El Corazon
January 31 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
February 2 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
February 3 Chicago, IL House of Blues
February 4 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
February 6 Toronto, ON Opera House
February 7 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
February 8 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
February 9 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
February 11 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
February 12 New York, NY Irving Plaza
February 13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
February 14 Philadelphia, PA District N9ne

Tickets for the bands’ show at Cat’s Cradle are $18 to $22.  Tickets are available online at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/717347?utm_medium=459899.  Doors open at 6pm with the show starting at 6:30pm.

Those looking to attend the bands’ performance at The Fillmore can purchase tickets online via LiveNation at http://concerts.livenation.com/event/0E004D5ECA765781?dma_id=289&wt.mc_id=aff_BUYAT_97249&camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_97249&REFERRAL_ID=tmfeedbuyat97249.  Tickets start at $27 each.  Doors open at 7pm.

More information on Wovenwar, its new album and all of the latest updates from the band is available online at:

Website: http://www.wovenwar.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wovenwar

Twitter: http://twitter.com/wovenwar

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Bombadil’s Upcoming Re-Issue A Rare Example Of Music Done Right

Courtesy:  Ramseur Records

Courtesy: Ramseur Records

Originality, it seems, is becoming increasingly difficult to find in the current era of music. The world of pop music is dominated by autotuned, radio ready songs aimed mainly at tweens and teens. The rock industry is equally dominated by crunching, downtuned guitars and largely indecipherable cookie monster growls. This applies across the board, whether one is listening to metalcore, deathcore, black metal or any other major subgenre of the rock world. Even the world of punk has gone increasingly down that path. And even in the world of rap, so many songs cover the same themes from one to the next. That’s not to say that every single pop act, rock band or rap artist is the same as the last. But audiences will agree that it seems increasingly difficult to find an act that truly stands out. On June 24th, North Carolina based indie rock act Bombadil will show once again that among the unoriginal music that pollutes the seas of the music industry, original and creative music does exist. That is thanks to the upcoming re-issue of the band’s 2009 album Tarpits and Canyonlands. Being that Bombadil is an indie act, even the band’s current fans may not be so familiar with this record. There are those that have never heard Bombadil’s music, either. Taking into consideration both this and the show of pure creativity and originality on the part of the band here, Tarpits and Canyonlands becomes all the more of a joy to experience. The band proves this right off the top with the album’s opener, ‘I Am.’

‘I Am’ is so enjoyable primarily for its overall composition. The song is short and simple. Its total run time comes in at only one minute and thirty-two seconds. It is short. That goes without saying. But even in that short time, there is so much going on within the song. The call and response on the part of the band members is the most notable of the many things going on in the song. The band members sing back and forth against the song’s equally simple piano line, “I am/Building you a pyramid/Lost in the sand.” It’s not just a call and response, either. The lyrics are sung in rounds, too. All of that is balanced with the introduction of one final line, which is accompanied by a guitar line that compliments both the piano and the vocals. That the band was able to balance so much in one song—and one of such short duration—is quite the statement about the band’s musicianship. That the band would even think to construct the song in such fashion as it did instead is even more of a statement. It shows real creativity. It makes the song a double threat. It’s creative and original, and it’s technically sound. So while it is short, it is also quite the statement of what listeners can expect from this album. It isn’t the only example of what makes this album a must hear, either.

Late in the album, the members of Bombadil present to listeners what is one of the most deeply emotional pieces in the record in the form of ‘Marriage.’ This song is just as simple, on the surface, as ‘I Am.’ Yet in its simplicity, there is so much going on. Pianist/vocalist Stuart Robinson presents a musical story of a couple that has been married for allegedly twenty years. It is a story of what happens after the happily ever after of the big wedding and those first years together. And to say that it is moving would be an understatement. He presents the couple asking one another how one feels about the other “after the two hundredth time” of a given situation would he or she still feel the same about the other. It starts off with supposedly the unnamed wife asking her husband, “What would you say of marriage/After the two hundredth time/I told the same joke/And then I broke/Your favorite watch/With my heel?” The husband offers his own situation, asking “What would you say of true love/After the two hundredth time/I love you/And then I blew/Your confidence/That was in my past/I thought you knew/I thought you knew/This was/Marriage.” This back and forth goes back and forth across the course of the song’s two-minute and thirty-five second run time. It is set against the gentle yet almost bittersweet strains of Robinson’s piano playing. It would have been easy for Robinson to give the song more of a playful vibe. Instead, he opted for something deeper and more emotional. He comes across with this song as wanting to show everything that the couple has endured over the course of its marriage and the all too real feelings of uncertainty that come with life together. He didn’t mean it to come across as something depressing. That’s obvious. He wanted to give the song more realism per se. And he succeeded in that arena. For that reason, ‘Marriage’ proves to be just one more of the highest of highs on this record.

Both ‘Marriage’ and ‘I Am’ are important points in the overall structure of Tarpits and Canyonlands. That is thanks to the talent and depth presented in both songs. There is much more of that talent and depth presented throughout the course of this record. But for all of the seriousness and emotional depth presented throughout the record, there is at least one song that shows the band’s more lighthearted side on the record. The song in question is ‘Oto The Bear.’ It’s a completely nonsensical song lyrically speaking, that simply must be heard to be believed. As nonsensical as it is lyrically, it is just as catchy in terms of its musical side. Robinson is accompanied by drummer James Phillips and fellow musicians Daniel Michalak and Bryan Rahja on guitar and saxophone. The entire band together crafts a song with which one can’t help but sing and dance. It’s a nice break from the more serious material included on Tarpits and Canyonlands. That’s not to say that the other songs that make up the album aren’t enjoyable. Hardly. If anything, it shows that the band’s members knew something more lighthearted was needed, thus this piece was included. And it’s a good thing that it was. That’s because it’s one more example of how fun an album can be when a band actually tries to present both talent and originality to audiences. Simply put, it’s an album that easily serves as an example of music done right.

Tarpits and Canyonlands will be available Tuesday, June 24th via Ramseur Records. Audiences can pre-order the re-issue on vinyl now at http://bombadil.spinshop.com/details/225939. The album can be downloaded digitally at http://bombadil.spinshop.com/Music/details/214209?parent_url=http%3A%2F%2Fbombadil.spinshop.com%2Fstore%2Fbombadil.spinshop.com%2FMerchandise. The band will be in Winston-Salem, North Carolina performing live at the Twin CityRib Fest this Friday in support of Tarpits and Canyonlands. It will also be in Carrboro at the famed Cat’s Cradle on Saturday, June 21st and at the Port City RibFest in Wilmington, North Carolina on Saturday, August 16th. These are just some of the band’s upcoming tour dates in support of its upcoming re-issue. Audiences can check out Bombadil’s most current tour schedule online now at http://www.facebook.com/wearebombadil and http://www.bombadilmusic.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Chuck Ragan Announces Dates For New Album, Tour

Courtesy:  Reybee, Inc.

Courtesy: Reybee, Inc.

Folk musician Chuck Ragan will release his latest full length studio effort next month.  The Northern Carolina based singer-songwriter will release Till Midnight on March 25th via SideOne Dummy Records.  Ragin will hit the road in April only days after the release of his new album.  He and his band mates—Jon Gaunt (fiddle), Joe Ginsberg (bass), Tod Beene of Lucero and Glossary (pedal steel, electric guitar) and David Hidalgo, Jr. of Social Distortion (drums)—will join The White Buffalo and support act Johnny Two Bags for the five-week tour.  The tour kicks off Thursday, April 3rd in San Francisco, CA and will wind down in Los Angeles, Friday, May 9th.  It also includes a stop at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC on Friday, April 25th.

Ragan explained that this tour will be a little different from most that people are used to seeing.  He explained that a portion of ticket sales from this tour will actually go to help support the Wildlands Network.  “As much as we love music and sharing it with the world, we’re aware that our means of travel does make an environmental impact on our surroundings,” he said.  “We’ve aimed to release some merch and means to offset our carbon footprint on this tour and help make a difference along the way.” For every ticket and package sold, one dollar will be donated to Wildlands Network to help better our air, water, forests, and the wildlife that inhabits them. VIP packages, limited edition sustainable merch bundles, and tickets are available here:

http://www.chuckragantix.com

Chuck Ragan Sustainable Merch Package
• One General Admission Concert Ticket
• Autographed Handwritten Lyric Poster printed on recycled paper
• Stainless Steel and BPA free “Till Midnight” Water Bottle
• Eco Friendly Tote Bag to help reduce and eliminate single use plastic bags.
• Autographed LP & CD versions of the New Album, “Till Midnight”

Chuck Ragan Ticket + CD / LP
• One General Admission Concert Ticket
• Autographed LP & CD versions of Chuck’s New Album, “Till Midnight”

Chuck Ragan Ticket
• One General Admission Concert Ticket

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Recess Monkey Premiere Video For Latest Single

Recess Monkeys

Courtesy: Waldmania PR

Mark your calendars, parents.  Recess Monkey releases its latest album, Deep Sea Diver on Tuesday, June 18th.  In anticipation of the upcoming nautical themed album, the guys—Drew Holloway (vocals, guitar), Jack Forman (bass, keyboards), and Korum Bischoff (drums)—have officially debuted the video for the new single off of the album.  ‘Fish Sticks’ sees Holloway taking a trip beneath the waves in the band’s “tambourine submarine” to see the “famed” drummer, “Fish Sticks.”  Fans can check out the new video online now at http://babyology.com.au/sunday-arts/babyology-exclusive-world-premiere-of-the-very-groovy-fish-sticks-by-recess-monkey.html

The band is currently touring in support of the new album.  Fans in North Carolina will get the chance to see the band live when it makes a stop at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC.  The band will perform at The ArtsCenter on July 20th at 11:00a.m.  General admission for the performance is $9.  Friends of The ArtsCenter can get in for a discounted price of $7 along with children.  Children ages 2 and under get in free.  Family 4-pack tickets are available for a price of $28.  Tickets can be ordered online at http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1714199&cobrand=artscenter.  And for more information on this and every performance at The ArtsCenter, go online to http://www.artscenterlive.org

To keep up with all the latest tour information, news and more from Recess Monkey, parents and children can follow the band online at http://www.facebook.com/recessmonkeytown and http://www.recessmonkeytown.com

Courtesy: Waldmania PR

Courtesy: Waldmania PR

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Flobots Announce New Spring/Summer Tour Dates

Courtesy:  Shanachie Records

Courtesy: Shanachie Records

Flobots is hitting the road again.  The veteran Denver, CO based band will embark on the second leg of its U.S. tour beginning next Friday, April 19th in its hometown.  Fellow Denver based band Wheelchair Sports Camp will join Flobots as a supporting act.  The tour, which is in support of its most recent release, The Circle in the Square, will take Flobots across the nation on a series of dates that runs through June.  Among that set of tour dates is a performance at Carrboro’s famed Cat’s Cradle.  That performance is scheduled for Saturday, June 1st.  A full list of current tour dates is below. 

4/19/13 – Aztian Theater – Denver, CO

4/26/13 – Jefferson County Stadium- Lakewood, CO

5/3/13 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, Co

4/5/13 – Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, Co

5/15/13 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

5/15/13 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Reno, NV

5/17/13 – Club Slo Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA

5/18/13 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA

5/19/13 – Café De Nord – San Francisco, CA

5/20/13 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

5/21/13 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA

5/23/13 – The Mint – Los Angeles, CA

5/24/13 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ

5/25/13 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

5/27/13 – Red 7 (Outside) – Austin, TX   5/28/13 – The Door – Dallas, TX

5/29/13 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX

5/31/13 – The Masquerade (Purgatory) – Atlanta, GA

6/1/13 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC

6/2/13 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC

6/3/13 – World Café Live – Philadelphia, PA

6/4/13 – Santos Party House – New York, NY

6/5/13 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

6/7/13 – The Magic Bag – Ferndale, MI

6/8/13 – South Gate House – Newport, KY

6/9/13 – Mayne Stage – Chicago, IL

6/10/13 – Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH

6/12/13 – Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI

6/13/13 – The Cabooze – Minneapolis, NM

6/14/13 – Czar Bar – Kansas City, MO

And for the latest tour news and more, fans can follow the band online at http://www.facebook.com/flobots, http://www.flobots.com, and http://twitter.com/flobots.

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Durham, NC’s Bombadil Announces New Album, Tour Dates

Courtesy:  Ramseur Records

Courtesy: Ramseur Records

Durham, North Carolina’s own Bombadil is back.  The indie-folk/pop act is back on the road for the first time in three years.  The band is touring in support of its latest release, Metrics of Affection.  The album is slated to be released July 23rd on Ramseur Records.  The band kicks off its new tour Saturday, March 2nd at Carrboro’s famed Cat’s Cradle.  The band has been on hiatus of no doing of its own.  Daniel Michalak (bass, piano, harmonica) suffered a nerve injury that sidelined him indefinitely.  His injury had such an effect on the use of his hands that he was unable to perform and record.  But now with time, Michalak’s hands have healed enough to the point that he feels he can play again, thus leading to the recording of the band’s latest album.

The band already has one album out, titled Tarpits and Canyons.  It was released to critical acclaim.  One journalist even exclaimed of the album that the album in question should have been the one that made the band famous.  But sadly, when Michalak sustained his injury, it also sidelined the entire band.  That’s all in the past as the band is preparing to release its long awaited new LP.  While fans wait on that album, they can check out some of the band’s music online now through YouTube.  The band has a video for the song, ‘So Many Ways To Die’ posted.  Audiences can check it out now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U4ybU1KVcQ&feature=youtu.be.  The video features vintage footage of individuals and even a dog in somewhat dangerous situations.  It even includes footage of the military’s atom bomb test.  The images are rather well aligned with the song’s lyrics.  It’s something that audiences have to experience for themselves to truly appreciate.

After checking out the band’s video, fans can also hear more music from the band live as it tours.  As already noted, Bombadil will perform live at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro tomorrow, Saturday, March 2nd.  That date is followed by a performance at Krankie’s Coffee in Winston-Salem, NC next Friday, March 8th.  The band will be in Wilmington, NC the following day at The Whiskey alongside fellow bands Onward and Soldier.  The band’s last NC date before heading out across the country comes March 21st at Legends in Boone.  As the band hits the road, it will be touring alongside another well-known NC act, The Carolina Chocolate Drops.  It will be a supporting act for the Chocolate Drops at a handful of dates and for Lone Madrone at others.  For a full listing of tour dates and all of the latest news and more from the band, fans can go online to http://www.facebook.com/wearebombadil, http://www.bombadilmusic.com and http://twitter.com/wearebombadil.

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The Okee Dokee Brothers’ New LP Not Just For Kids

Courtesy:  Okee Dokee Music

Courtesy: Okee Dokee Music

The Okee Dokee Brothers’ most recent album, Can You Canoe?, is a wonderful album not just for children but for the whole family.  While it was marketed as a children’s album, even parents will find this Grammy award winning album enjoyable with its mix of Americana, Dixieland, and even a touch of semi-Celtic sound.  The bonus DVD included with the CD is an excellent companion piece as the visuals expertly bring to life the images that are likely to run through listeners’ minds as they listen to the songs, right from the album’s opener and title track.

The album’s opener is a wonderful, relaxing song that evokes images of a canoe trip with sunny skies overhead and the sounds of nature all around.  That is exactly what audiences see in the bonus DVD as it opens.  What’s more it’s quite the first impression.  Again, one reminds one’s self that this album was marketed as a children’s album.  But the reality of the song is that it could just as easily double as a general folk song, with its themes of enjoying the simple things in life.  For instance, the duo sings on not needing candy bars and car toys, and of needing only the sound of the water instead of amplifiers.  These are themes that both kids and their parents will appreciate and that will never grow old with each listen.

The gentle vibes of the album’s title track are broken only slightly as the duo launches into the semi-Celtic sea shanty style song that is ‘Haul Away Joe’ before moving into more of a Dixieland sound in the fun little song, ‘Mr. & Mrs. Sippy.’  This song will no doubt have kids singing along as the pair spell out Mississippi through song and a story about Mr. and Mrs. Sippy.  From the fun and goofiness of ‘Mr. & Mrs. Sippy’, listeners are transported back to the album’s original, gentler vibe in the album’s fourth track, ‘Bullfrog Opera.’  Much like the album’s opener, the guys sing of the simple things in its chorus.  They sing in the chorus, “The moon becomes a streetlight in Central Park/And the river is a train/Brooklyn bound/The stars turn into pearls/On high heeled girls/Getting ready for a night on the town/Let’s take ‘em to the/Bullfrog opera/And the raccoon’s masquerade ball/We’ve got Broadway tickets to see a chorus line of crickets/and the loons are playing Carnegie Hall.”  These are such simple lines.  But it is their simplicity that makes imagining such visuals so easy.  And for younger listeners, it will hopefully ignite their imaginations enough to make them want to turn off their televisions and electronics and want to experience these same visuals for themselves.  The Okee Dokee Brothers are definitely to be commended for making a song that is both so deep and simple all at the same time here.

The first small portion of Can You Canoe? is front loaded with lots of wonderful material for both kids and their parents.  The fun doesn’t end after the first quarter of the album though.  There are fun songs about a mosquito named Rosita, taking a ride on a train, and lots more for the whole family to enjoy.  They can enjoy them together now as the duo’s album is available now both in stores and online.  The album can likely be purchased at the Okee Dokee Brothers’ shows, including the group’s upcoming show in Carrboro on April 13th.  Fans can get a full listing of the guys’ tour schedule on its official website, http://www.okeedokee.org and on its Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/okeedokeebros

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Delta Rae added to special Rolling Stone Magazine contest

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records/Sire Records

Durham, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae released its major label debut, “Carry The Fire” almost a week ago.  And already the band is getting some major coverage.  The band will be performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight for starters.  Along with that, the band has also been added to Rolling Stone magazine’s “Women who Rock” campaign.  

The “Women Who Rock” effort will give one lucky up and coming female artist the opportunity to appear on the back cover of Rolling Stone magazine.  It is being held in partnership with Garnier Fructis.  The band has already been comared to rock legends Fleetwood Mac by Rolling Stone.  Fans can vote for Delta Rae to win the contest at http://www.rollingstone.com/womenwhorock/artist/delta-rae.  the band will compete against five other artists who were also hand picked by staffers at Rolling Stone. 

In other Delta Rae news, the band will embark on tour this Summer in support of its debut record, “Carry The Fire.”  Its tour will include a trio of stops in North Carolina.  The band will hold a “Hometown Album Release Show” Friday, July 27th at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.  It will follow up that show with a performance at the Bele Chere Festival in Asheville, NC the next day.  And then on August 23rd, the band will perform at Kelly’s in Nag’s Head.

To get all the latest tour news and more from Delata Rae, go online to http://www.deltarae.com, or the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/deltarae, its Twitter page at http://twitter.com/deltarae, and its official Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/deltaraeband.

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NC band releases major label debut this week

Another North Carolina band is putting the “Old North State” on the map once again.  Durham, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae will release its major label debut, “Carry The Fire”, Tuesday, June 19th on Warner Brothers Records.  The band will celebrate its debut with a performance next on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next Monday, June 25th.  The band was signed to WB Records by legendary A&R rep Seymour Stein.  Stein is known for having signed other major acts including:  Madonna, the Talking Heads, and punk forefathers, The Ramones.

Delta Rae is comprised of six members, three of whom are siblings.  The band is known for crafting its own version of Americana style sounds.  The band will celebrate the release of its album tomorrow with a sold out show at the famed Troubador in Los Angeles tomorrow night.  The band will also be performing at a special event at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles tonight with Seymour Stein.  Along with those dates, Delta Rae will also be performing a few dates in North Carolina as aprt of its tour to support this debut release.  The band will be performing a Hometown Album Release Show at the Cats Cradle in Carrboro on July 27th.  It will be in Asheville the following day at the Bele Chere Festival.  And then on August 23rd, the band will perform Kelly’s in Nags Head. 

Fans can keep up with all the latest from Delta Rae online at http://www.delatrae.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/deltarae, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/deltarae, and the band’s official Youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/deltaraeband.

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