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Editors’ Notes

Leaving her home in the Bronx and traveling around the U.S., Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra eventually landed in New Orleans and hit upon a timeless acoustic sound that blends earthy delta blues, a rambling Crescent City swing, and Appalachian spookiness (lots of talk about death and guns). She’s joined here by her longtime fiddle player Yosi Perlstein, keyboardist Casey McAllister, guitarist Sam Doores, and bassist Dan Cutler, as well as a drummer and an occasional string section. But the music is rightly centered on Segarra’s dark, husky voice and tales of endless days on the road, dead-end love affairs, and life in her adopted hometown. Standout songs include the bluesy title track and the country and Creole touches of “End of the Line.” While the New Orleans shuffle on “No One Else” and “I Know It's Wrong (But That’s Alright)” might be expected, the addition of a string quartet on the stark “Levon’s Dream” and the murder ballad “Body Electric” is surprising and effective. It's an excellent new chapter from an artist whose songwriting has caught up with her exquisite voice.

Customer Reviews

I wish there was more music like this today, in this country.

I think this is what music sounds like when you have struggled for a long time to make something great, struggled without hope of recognition or recompense. It’s the music of endurance, and small, hard-fought victories. And as long and as tiring as the grind might be, someday you wake up and you find yourself, you find that the music is you, because you literally fashioned it out of yourself. And what you find is really, really good. This used to be what American music was about. We are so far from that now a country; what a shame. Maybe a bunch of riff-raffs can lead us back. Hoo-ray for them.

Great album

I saw these folks open for the Alabama Shakes. They put on a great show. I haven't stopped listening to this cd since I got it a week ago. Well written, arranged, performed and produced. Refreshingly heartfelt. I dig all of the songs but a couple of favorites are The Body Electric and St. Rochs Blues. Big thumbs up for the band and the new cd.

Small Town Heroes, Big Time Sound

This is one of the most well put together folk-blues albums I've heard in years. The songrwiting is absolutely wonderful, I haven't stopped listnening to it.

Hurray for the Riff Raff opened for Amos Lee at the Ryman In Nashville. Alynda Segarra opened solo with "The New SF Bay Blues," The theater was in awe. I remember all around me, friends looking at one another in disbelief as to how wonderful the music was. The band threw down one hell of a set, place went nuts (you know the story). If you're reading ths Alynda, Thank you and your band for a wonderful evening!


Formed: 2007 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

New Orleans-based indie folk outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff were formed by singer/songwriter/banjo player Alynda Lee, a Bronx-raised Puerto Rican troubadour who left home at 17 to ride the rails and eventually landed in the Big Easy. After honing her skills on the washboard with a gang of train-yard musicians called the Dead Man's Street Orchestra, she picked up the banjo that a close friend had given her and began writing her own songs. While Lee, drummer/violinist Yosi Pearlstein, and bass player...
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