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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Delta Rae - Coming Home To Carolina' [Blu-ray]
(Delta Rae / Blu-ray+DVD+CD / NR / 2020 / Cleopatra Records - MVD Visual)

Overview: This electrifying concert film, Coming Home To Carolina was filmed with fourteen 4K Ultra Hi Def Cameras, before hometown fans in Raleigh, North Carolina, during their final shows one week before Christmas, from their highly successful 2019 sold out Take Me There Tour.

It features some of the bands biggest hits including 'Take Me There', 'Down By The River', 'Dance In The Graveyard' interspersed with scenic performance scenes at Raleigh River, Interview segments at the bands home where they recorded most of their first album of songs, ending in a bonfire jam at the Local Watering Hole!

Blu-ray Verdict: Earthy, familial alt-pop outfit Delta Rae skillfully juggle gospel-tinged country-rock, sensual blue-eyed soul, and harmony-laden Americana, resulting in an infectious, radio-ready sound.

Formed in 2009 as a four-piece around the talents of siblings Ian, Eric, and Brittany Hölljes, along with Elizabeth Hopkins, the North Carolina-based band expanded to a sextet the following year with the additions of Mike McKee and Grant Emerson.

In 2011 the group inked a deal with Sire/Warner Bros. after a particularly impressive in-office audition for Seymour Stein, who was blown away by Hopkins and the Hölljes siblings’ powerful voices. The resulting Carry the Fire, their major-label debut, arrived in 2012.

Carry the Fire reached #11 on the U.S. Heatseekers chart and 13 on the folk chart. Delta Rae released their second album, After It All, in the spring of 2015.

Following a relocation to Nashville, the band signed with Big Machine in 2017 and issued a pair of EPs — A Long and Happy Life and The Blackbird Sessions — in quick succession.

The front part of 2019 saw a spate of new singles, though in July of that year, Delta Rae announced their departure from Big Machine following a massive company buyout.

Choosing to go independent, they quickly launched a massively successful crowd-funding campaign for their next release, a two-part double album called The Light & the Dark. The first volume, The Light, appeared in March 2020.

1. 'Take Me There'
2. 'Holding On To Good'
3. 'Outlaws'
4. 'Out Of The Badlands'
5. 'Country House'
6. 'Surrounded'
7. 'Pay No Rent'
8. 'Any Better Than This'
9. 'The Wrong Ocean'
10. 'If I Loved You'
11. 'Morning Comes'
12. 'Bottom Of The River'
13. 'The Chain'
14. 'Dance In The Graveyards'

This fantastically ambient, colorful and vibrant new live concert opens with the upbeat and poppy 'Take Me There' and continues neatly onward with the foot-tappin' melodic brilliance of 'Holding On To Good,' the euphoric 'Outlaws,' the fast-paced, yet always sculptured 'Out Of The Badlands' and then both the low brow ballad 'Country House' and the eclectic, hunched-slung vibe of 'Surrounded.'

Up next is the Gospel-esque jaunt of 'Pay No Rent' which is followed by the finger-snappin', one-two pop bounce of 'Any Better Than This,' the soaring 'The Wrong Ocean' and then one of my own personal favorites, the country pop flow of 'If I Loved You.'

This quite magnificent live concert recording then rounds out with the strong-boned melodies of 'Morning Comes' (which, trust me, you should definitely watch the vid for!!), the Historical reach back about the Salem witch trials, and the oppression of women in accusation of witchcraft in the name of God, within the emphatic 'Bottom Of The River,' and then closes on a cover of Fleetwood Mac's The Chain,' leaving us with their embodiment of Dia de los Muertos (especially within their video, of course), 'Dance In The Graveyards'

This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Materials inside this Special Edition packaging of Interview segments at the bands home where they recorded most of their first album of songs, and a lovely Audio CD soundtrack too!

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