Late last month, Delta Rae released its debut live recording Coming Home To Carolina to the masses through Cleopatra Records. The recording, captured in December 2019 at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, NC was a homecoming for the band following its big move “out of the nest” some years ago from its home town of Durham, NC to Nashville, TN. The recording is an intriguing first live outing for the band. That is due in part to the concert’s set list, which will be addressed shortly. The band’s performance of its set list plays well into the overall presentation and will be discussed a little later. The recording’s overall production is interesting in its own right. It will also be discussed later. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the recording’s presentation. All things considered, the record is enjoyable, but does leave audiences wanting for more.
Delta Rae’s debut live recording Coming Home To Carolina is an intriguing new offering from the neo-folk-americana-pop act. That is proven in part through its featured set list. While not necessarily a career-defining performance, the 65-minute set list does do well to highlight the band’s albums past, present, and future. It reaches all the way back to the band’s 2010 self-titled EP – its very first studio recording – and as recent as the band’s while also lifting from its then forthcoming album The Light and its then latest album Carry The Fire. There is even at least one song from the band’s now forthcoming album The Dark featured in the set list. The band’s 2017 EPs A Long and Happy Life and The Blackbird Sessions are omitted, as is its 2015 EP Chasing Twisters. What’s more, a close look at the concert’s set list shows that the majority of the set’s featured songs – six to be exact – are from Carry The Fire, the band’s debut album. The Light got three nods in this set while After It All was represented by just one song, along with the band’s noted 2010 debut EP. All things considered, the set list gives audiences a good picture of where the band was at that time and where it was going.
The set list featured in Delta Rae’s new live recording is just one of the elements that deems examination. The band’s performance thereof makes for its own enjoyment. The band’s performance of its featured set list feels wholly natural throughout its hour-plus run time. The energy exuded by the band members in each of the songs – some of which are light and others slightly more energetic – ensures audiences’ engagement and entertainment. The band really makes it feel like it is working to give audiences something memorable in that performance, between the moments when the group is together on center stage and separated into its respective spots across the stage in the intimate venue. If for no other reason than the performance, audiences will find the concert worth watching at least once.
For all that the performance put on by Delta Rae’s members does for the band’s debut live recording, it is just one more of the aspects worth noting in examining the recording. The overall production of the recording is also important to address.
The production of Coming Home To Carolina is important to discuss because it is definitely unique. There is no other way to put it here. The production put into Coming Home To Carolina makes the concert look like a live concert that was used to look like a music video more than a normal live recording. The grainy look throughout and the added video effects really do detract from the look. Adding to the issue here is the lighting in the presentation. The lighting was clearly not taken into account, as the picture overall was decidedly dark. This could have been addressed in post production, but clearly was not. It’s as if it was used to play into the concert’s overly artistic approach in terms of the production.
The audio is of its own concern along with the video. Early on, there is a moment in which the audio level fluctuates. It cannot be ignored. From there, there are moments in which the audio seems a bit “airy” like the mic levels were not fully addressed in post, either. Luckily, this does not happen enough to make the concert a failure, but it is just as audible when it does happen as the video issues are throughout. Keeping all this in mind, the production presented in Coming Home To Carolina proves to be interesting as the record’s set list and the band’s performance thereof. All things considered, this first live offering from Delta Rae is a good try, but ultimately leaves audiences wanting for something more.
Delta Rae’s debut live recording Coming Home To Carolina is a good first try from the band. It is a presentation that is worth watching at least occasionally. That is due in part to the concert’s set list. The 14-soong, hour-plus concert does pull from each of the band’s three albums, but it focuses largely on the band’s debut album. The band’s performance of the set list actually is the strongest aspect of this presentation, as the group’s performance feels so natural and organic. The production of the concert detracts from its presentation what with its artsy music video style presentation and audio concerns, but thankfully not enough to make the concert unwatchable. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the recording. All things considered, they make Coming Home To Carolina a presentation that is worth watching at least occasionally. It is available now.
More information on Coming Home to Carolina is available along with all of Delta Rae’s latest news at:
To keep up with the latest entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.