Making Roots Music Fresh: Hurray for the Riff Raff

One of the most surprising trends in modern music is the resurgence of folk, bluegrass, and Americana. Thus when I first heard, Hurray for the Riff Raff I was shocked at how accurately portrayed this unique roots music was.

After growing up in New York, Hurray for the Riff Raff was started by Alynda lee Segarra when she settled in New Orleans. In 2008 she released   It Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You, and in 2010 she released her second record, Young Blood Blues. These two albums were later taken from to form the compilation self-titled release Hurray for the Riff Raff.

 Eventually Segarra found herself in need of a back-up band, and this is when she found The Tumbleweeds, who signed on as her touring band. After two years of touring the band now found itself recording in a Nashville studio. This is when their latest record, Look out Mamma really started to take shape, and were the band really started to show their and Segarra’s talent.

Look Out Mamma is one of my favorite records of the year because it is both visually striking and musically I find it to be more authentic than most bands that try to emulate traditional styles. When the listener first picks up the album they will immediately be struck by the cover image of a soldier holding a gun. This soldier happens to be Segarra’s father. When one listens to the album they will be equally as stunned by the quality of the music especially the title track which is a pure slice of heaven.

One would also be interested to know that Hurray for the Riff Raff is not signed, and do to this is distributing their own music. They have a Kickstarter page, and with this page they raised $11,351 which is $3851 more than the band needed, but it’s just a testament to how good they are, and the future they will have exceeding goals and expectations.

-B. Harlow

Check out this video of Hurray for the Riff Raff playing their song, “Look Out Mama” live on the banks of the Mississippi River in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

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One thought on “Making Roots Music Fresh: Hurray for the Riff Raff

  1. mskatykins says:

    Why is it that I think so many of these bands/singers sound just a little bit like Florence and the Machine? ;)

    Nice choice.

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