Another Currin sycophant.
This town seems hell bent of crushing any talent with a shot. It's as though a gifted, hardworking band has to maintain poverty, have some eclectic off-beat sound and stay that way in order to rise to the bizarre, negative standard some here hold.
What is "mediocre" at best are the hillbilly numbskulls that couldn't recognize talent if it bit them in the crotch; they pass judgement on others with their 3rd grade mindsets. The Triangle, it turns out, is not a bastion of creativity any more than it's a center for entrepreneurship. Austin, San Fran, Seattle, NewYork, Nashville YES!
Here, creativity just gets smothered thanks to the likes of failed losers like Grayson Currin.
Nice article Mr. Klein!
How can you and that other Bozo work for the same paper?
Your article is objective while critical with an appropriate doses of compliments that leave room for others to draw their own conclusions. People who know this band, know they work tirelessly to write, practice and perform their best offerings. Because the 4 leads have sung together for many years (between their time in California and now on the east cost) they consistently nail their harmonies. Catch a live show, their sound is not "too polished" or over produced, it's just very tight and well practiced (what they should throw a note now and then? Go off key to show "authenticity"?). Watch their Bottom Of The River video... it's one take between thunderstorms at night with lots of dangerous hand held lights, fans and cameras. The budget was almost nothing but cast members, step dancers, choral singers, extras and film crews were friends from Duke and Durham and it was a work of passion as was their Carry the Fire album.
Go see Delta Rae and rejoice that we have such talent coming from a quiet country house here in Durham where 6 hard working musicians are trying to get their beautifully written songs out into the world from our back yard.
Your piece was even handed and very well written. Its sad that the prejudice that that brands the south shows itself because a band you point out embodies what has become known as "Americana" is shunned because they are from Nova Scotia.
Fortunately Delta Rae is inclusive, open minded and full of hope as their music demonstrates!
Delta Rae is so good and this guy is out to lunch (taste in his mouth--LOL!). Go hear them at Cats Cradle this Friday and make up your own mind. If you like them tell this chump where to go!
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