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10 Quick Quirky Questions CMA Fest Edition with Delta Rae

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10 Quick Quirky Questions CMA Fest Edition with Liz Hopkins of Delta Rae

  1. Did you ever attend CMA Fest as a fan?  If yes, when? No, but Brittany and I had the opportunity to sing background vocals for Hank Williams Jr. and Chris Janson at the 2016 CMA Fest. And you better believe when Carrie Underwood came on I certainly was fangirling from sidestage. I was also very honored to meet and sing with the McCreary Sisters. They are an absolutely incredible gospel group.
  2. Tanks Top or T-Shirts: T-Shirt
  3. Favorite Honkey Tonk on Broadway: Tootsie’s, because it’s purple.
  4. Beer or Whiskey: Beer
  5. Favorite Restaurant in Nashville: Two Ten Jack. Our bass player, Grant Emerson, introduced me to it last week!
  6. Craziest thing a fan has ever asked you to autograph? A ski at a show in Park City, Utah.
  7. Has a fan ever showed you a tattoo related to you or your music? Yes! We have incredible fans. We have seen tattoos of our lyrics from “Morning Comes” and “Dance in the Graveyards” and we also have fans with red rabbits on their wrists- which is a throwback to our very first self-titled EP that we recorded at the house we used to live in together in Durham, North Carolina where Delta Rae started.
  8. If you could pick anyone to perform with you at CMA Fest who would it be? BROTHERS OSBORNE. Love their new album and John is wickedly great guitar player!
  9. Favorite CMA Fest memory: Watching Chris Janson dance and play the harmonica during “Buy Me A Boat.” That gentleman can MOVE!
  10. Who was your favorite teacher and why? First, Delta Rae LOVES TEACHERS! We have a program called TICKETS FOR TEACHERS where you can nominate your favorite teacher to win 2 tickets to any show of ours plus a special gift. Go to deltarae.com and check it out. This is a difficult choice, but my favorite teacher is my mom. She was a teacher for 16 years before moving into Administration, all while raising 3 kids on her own. She now coaches other teachers to create effective learning conditions in culturally diverse communities in California. She’s one smart & tough cookie. She taught me how to be strong no matter what circumstances life throws at you.

CMA Fest Performance Schedule:
THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 12:30PM – 12:55PM
CHEVY BREAKOUT STAGE

No Peace In Quiet by Delta Rae on VEVO.

Six-piece band Delta Rae consists of Liz Hopkins and Brittany Holljes who front the robust group with sultry harmonies rounded out by Holljes’ brothers Eric (vocals, piano) and Ian (vocals, guitar) as well as Mike McKee (drums) and Grant Emerson (bass). The band who made their way to Nashville from Durham, NC chose their moniker from a mythical story the Holljes siblings’ mother wrote about a Southern girl of the same name who summons the Greek gods to earth. A regular on the festival circuit since forming in 2009, the socially-conscious band’s larger-than-life performances have earned coveted spots most recently at Country 2 Country (London, Scotland) in addition to Bonnaroo, Tortuga Music Festival, Austin City Limits, Hangout Fest, VOODOO and Lollapalooza. They have received national attention with features in NPR, Washington Post and New York Times in addition to multiple late night performances and inclusion in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. They were recently named by CMT as a “18 for 2018” Listen Up artist with both Rolling Stone and Billboard touting Delta Rae as “Artists to Watch.” Since signing to The Valory Music Co., Delta Rae’s has released two EP’s A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE and THE BLACKBIRD SESSIONS featuring their most recent single “No Peace in Quiet.” They are currently on the road for the NO PEACE IN QUIET TOUR, in addition to festival stops including CMA Music Festival this June. Delta Rae relaunched a special initiative that honors educators at each of their tour stops called Tickets For Teachers, offering gratitude to those who have inspired the band and their fans. For additional details and to nominate someone now, visit https://DeltaRae.lnk.to/Tickets4Teachers.

Get Social with Delta Rae: @DeltaRae (FB, Insta + Twitter) | https://www.deltarae.com (website)

CMA Fest and CMA Foundation:  Each year, hundreds of Country artists perform at CMA Music Festival for free, and to show its appreciation for their dedication and time, CMA donates half the net proceeds from the event to benefit music education programs on behalf of the artists and celebrities.

The origins of the program began in 2001, when CMA Music Festival, then known as Fan Fair, moved to downtown Nashville for the first time. From 2001-2005, participating artists could select individual charities for donations and CMA contributed more than $800,000 to hundreds of worthy causes.

In 2006, the CMA Artist Relations Committee, led by Kix Brooks formerly of Brooks & Dunn, decided to channel those financial resources into a single cause – music education – through CMA’s “Keep the Music Playing” campaign to have a more meaningful impact in an area of importance to the entire music community. The CMA Foundation was launched in 2011 and currently gives to over 40 music education initiatives across the country.

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