North Carolina Rockers, Delta Rae Added to Mountain Stage

by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series
Huntington native Michael Cerveris (center) will return to Broadway in "Evita" with Ricky Martin and Elena Rogers
Huntington native Michael Cerveris (center) will return to Broadway in "Evita" with Ricky Martin and Elena Rogers

West Virginia Public Radio ’s live radio program, Mountain Stage, will celebrate 75 years of the Marshall Artists Series with a jam-packed list of performers including folk singer Arlo Guthrie, iconoclastic singer-songwriter Paul Thorn and Tony-Award Winning Broadway Star and Huntington Native Michael Cerveris, along with his band, Loose Cattle. Today, Mountain Stage announces that the Alt-Pop Americana Rock band Delta Rae will join the line-up to pay tribute to the Marshall Artists Series.


From a quiet, country house nestled within the Durham, North Carolina woods, Delta Rae fuses its inspired four-part harmonies with a rich Carolina soul. Their music hinges on hope and a deep sense of meaning while their live show reflects the joy, passion, the unique bond they share, and the amazing fans and friends who join them.


They are an Alt-Pop Americana-Rock band with four lead singers whose music incorporates all aspects of Americana, Gospel, Country, Rock, Bluegrass and Blues. The members include sibling trio Ian, Eric and Brittany Hölljes alongside childhood friend Elizabeth Hopkins with Mike McKee on drums and Grant Emerson on bass.


Delta Rae has shared the stage with the likes of Carbon Leaf, Rooney, Hanson and Edwin McCain. It has been their gripping vocal deliveries, dynamic stage presents and hope-filled songs that continue to win over every audience they play for. They have headlined shows to sold-out crowds on both coasts and plan to release a new LP in Spring 2012 and tour all year.


Raised in Huntington, West Virginia, Michael Cerveris has certainly made a name for himself.  Debuting on Broadway in The Who’s Tommy as the “18-20 year old Tommy/Narrator.” In the 2005 Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, Ceveris played the title role. In the production the actors also played instruments, with Ceveris playing lyric guitar.


After triumphing nightly on Broadway, Cerveris continued to return to his first love, composing and performing his own material. He formed the alternative rock group Lame with fellow musicians Alice Ripley, Shannon Ford and John Jinks. Cerveris also played guitar as a member of Bob Mould’s touring band on his final electric tour, The Last Dog and Pony Show.


Cerveris has been nominated for four Tony Awards and has won one for Best Actor in 1994 for Assassins.  Cerveris is currently starring in the production Evita. The show also stars Elena Roger and Ricky Martin.


Born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, legendary musician, Arlo Guthrie is headlining the Mountain Stage bill. Guthrie made the Steve Goodman’s song, City of New Orleans, famous in 1972.  Arlo is the son of national treasure and folk legend, Woody Guthrie.  2012 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Woody Guthrie.


Guthrie practically lived in the most famous venues of the “Fold Boom” era. He witnessed the transition from early generation ballad singers like Richard Dryer-Bennet and John Hurt, to a new era of singer-song writers such as Bob Dylan and Jim Croce. He learned something from everyone and developed his own style, becoming a distinctive, expressive voice in a crowed community of singer-songwriters and political-social commentators.


His career exploded in 1967 with the release of Alice’s Restaurant, whose title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival helped foster a new commitment among the ‘60s generation of social consciousness and activism. Over the last four decades Guthrie has toured all over the world winning a wide, popular following.


Also making an appearance at Mountain Stage is the mixed style of blues and rock music from Paul Thorn. He has toured as opening acts for musicians including: Sting, Toby Keith, Huey Lewis & the News and Jeff Beck.


Before his professional music career began, Thorn was briefly a pro boxer winning the Mid-South Middleweight Championship in Memphis, Tennessee. A few years later he was discovered by music professional Miles Copeland (the brother of The Police drummer), and was signed to a recording contract with A&M Records and recorded his first album followed by seven more albums.


Thorn’s current album entitled Pimps and Preachers debuted on the Billboard 200 chart. On May 8th his latest CD, What The Hell is Going On? will be released.


Join host, Larry Groce for this special Mountain Stage event saluting the 75 year legacy of the Marshall Artists Series.

Tickets for MOUNTAIN STAGE are on sale now for $35. Tickets may be purchased at the Marshall Artists Series Box Office, located on the east side of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, or by calling (304) 696.3326.  Patrons can also visit for ticket information.  The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon – 5:00PM.  Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster location, including online at 


This year The Marshall Artists Series is celebrating its 75th anniversary. More information about the show can be found at

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