ZZ Ward is a singer, musician and songwriter from Oregon signed to Hollywood Records. She released her debut EP, Criminal, on May 8, 2012 and is set to release her first album in September. While making the Criminal EP, ZZ also began work on Eleven Roses, a free mixtape on which she offered her interpretations of recent tracks by Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator. For “Criminal” she borrowed the beat from “Oil Money” by Freddie Gibbs, who was so impressed by Ward’s remake that he asked to contribute a guest verse to the official version on the EP. Delta Rae is a rising six-piece Americana band with four vocalists who hail from Durham, North Carolina. The story that led Delta Rae to a major label deal and the release of their stunning debut album had in fact begun many years before, in the Holljes’ household, where siblings Ian, Eric and Brittany enjoyed a childhood that was close yet itinerant, carrying them from Durham, North Carolina, to the Bay area of San Francisco, via Nashville, Tennessee, and Marietta, Georgia. Along the way, Ian and Eric forged what they describe as “a close musical bond” writing songs together from a young age. By late 2010, they had become a six-piece band. Their debut album, Carry the Fire, speaks to the richness of Americana,of gospel, bluegrass, blues and pop, but there is also the well-oaked, deep-rooted tradition of storytelling, folklore and mythology. Don’t miss ZZ Ward and Delta Rae February 25 at The Basement!