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March 28, 2014 7:40 pm

Hurray for the Riff Raff: Small Town Heroes

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Alynda Lee Segarra came to folk music by a roundabout route, via New York punk clubs and a decision at 17 to travel the US as an itinerant street musician. Almost a decade later she’s living in New Orleans and fronting Hurray for the Riff Raff, an Americana roots group immersed in Guthrie-esque Dust Bowl laments and soulful rock and roll.

There are echoes of Michelle Shocked in both Segarra’s trajectory and languorous voice; meanwhile the music is an atmospheric and imaginative act of revival, summed up by “The Body Electric”, a mournful female response to the piled corpses of women in the murder ballad tradition.


Hurray for the Riff Raff

Small Town Heroes

(ATO Records)

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