This has been a busy year for Delta Rae; the soulful roots-rockers released their major-label debut, Carry the Fire, in June and recently wrapped up a two-month coheadlining tour with ZZ Ward. Now, one of the Durham, North Carolina band's biggest inspirations, Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, has teamed up with the group to play guitar on their sensitive track "If I Loved You."
"Fleetwood Mac and Lindsey Buckingham's writing have been so influential to us, and so to have his talents and incredibly distinctive guitar playing laid over one of our tracks felt like the world sort of folding over on itself," frontman Ian Holljes tells Rolling Stone. "It was rewarding on two huge levels – the thrill of having one of your heroes play on your song and the actual impact of his beautiful guitarwork enhancing the song so meaningfully."
The simple and raw video for "If I Loved You" focuses on the emotional performances of the six bandmates in front of a black background. "This video captures what I love most about the song," singer Elizabeth Hopkins tells Rolling Stone of the clip, which does not include Buckingham. "Telling someone point-blank that you don't love them is difficult and painful. I've done it. It feels horrible, but there is also a release that comes along with it, a lifting of a weight. I think this video lets you focus on the rawness of that message."