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Hurray For The Riff Raff

Hurray for the Riff Raff is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Alynda Segarra, a singer/songwriter of Puerto Rican descent whose musical imagination was first sparked by hardcore punk while she was a child in the Bronx. Segarra later gravitated toward American roots music, settling in New Orleans around 2007. There, she formed the first incarnation of Hurray for the Riff Raff, and over the course of several independent releases she honed her voice, playing with several strands of folk music as she developed an idiosyncratic, all-encompassing Americana that could be heard on Small Town Heroes, her 2014 debut for ATO Records, and came to full fruition on 2017's The Navigator.

By the time The Navigator saw release in spring of 2017, Segarra had been using the name Hurray for the Riff Raff for a decade. Raised on New York punk and alternative folk, she left home at the age of 17, spending some time hopping trains across America before she wound up in New Orleans. In the Big Easy, she started performing music on the street, eventually playing with the Dead Man Street Orchestra around 2007. She broke away from them quickly, releasing an EP called Crossing the Rubicon that very year. It, like 2008's self-released full length It Don't Mean I Don't Love You, was credited to Hurray for the Riff Raff and, at the time, Segarra was collaborating with bassist David Maclay and drummer/violinist Yosi Pearlstein. These musicians cycled out of the lineup rather quickly, with Segarra firmly established as its central figure after the self-released 2010 album Young Blood Blues.

Segarra compiled highlights from her two self-released records for 2011's Hurray for the Riff Raff, an album that appeared on Loose Music in the spring of 2011. Around this time, Hurray for the Riff Raff began gaining traction, earning play on BBC Radio and getting a write up in The Times. Look Out Mama, a third album funded by Kickstarter and produced by Andrija Tokic, appeared in 2002 -- Loose released it in Europe, and Born to Win did in the U.S. -- it was accompanied in 2013 by a collection of covers called My Dearest Darkest Neighbor.

By this point, all this activity was enough to earn the attention of major labels, and Hurray for the Riff Raff signed with ATO. Small Town Heroes, their first record for the label, appeared in 2014 to good reviews and it earned strong word of mouth over the next two years. During this time, Segarra relocated to Nashville and expanded her vision for Hurray for the Riff Raff on The Navigator, a 2017 concept album that was quasi-autobiographical and partially inspired by David Bowie's The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars. Upon its March 2017 release, the album was greeted with strong reviews. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Navigator

1. Entrance

2. Living In The City

3. Hungry Ghost

4. Life To Save

5. Nothing's Gonna Change That Girl

6. The Navigator

7. Halfway There

8. Rican Beach

9. Fourteen Floors

10. Settle

11. Pa'lante

12. Finale

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Track List: The Navigator (Single)

1. The Navigator

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Track List: Hungry Ghost (Single)

1. Hungry Ghost

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Track List: Rican Beach (Single)

1. Rican Beach

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Track List: Small Town Heroes

1. Blue Ridge Mountain

2. Crash On The Highway

3. Good Time Blues (An Outlaw's Lament)

4. End Of The Line

5. The New SF Bay Blues

6. The Body Electric

7. No One Else

8. St. Roch Blues

9. Levon's Dream

10. I Know It's Wrong (But That's Alright)

11. Small Town Heroes

12. Forever Is Just A Day

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Track List: I Know It's Wrong (But That's Alright) (Single)

10. I Know It's Wrong (But That's Alright)

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Track List: Look Out Mama

1. Little Black Star

2. Look Out Mama

3. Ramblin' Gal

4. What's Wrong With Me

5. Ode To John And Yoko

6. Lake Of Fire

7. Riley

8. Go Out On The Road

9. Born To Win (Part One)

10. Something's Wrong

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Track List: Hurray For The Riff Raff

1. Meet Me In The Morning

2. Is That You?

3. Slow Walk

4. Daniella

5. Take Me

6. Little Things

7. I Know You

8. Too Much Of A Good Thing

9. Junebug Waltz

10. Sali`S Song

11. Young Blood Blues

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Track List: It Don't Mean I Don't Love You

1. Meet Me In The Morning

2. Daniella

3. Fly Away

5. Skin & Bones

6. Junebug Waltz

7. Here It Comes

8. Dance With Death

9. Bricks

10. Baby Blue

11. Amelia's Song

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Track List: Live At 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

1. Little Black Star (Live)

2. Stage Banter 1 (Live)

3. Look Out Mama (Live)

4. Slow Walk (Live)

5. Stage Banter 2 (Live)

6. Take Me (Live)

7. The Junebug Waltz (Live)

8. End Of The Line (Live)

9. Stage Banter 3 (Live)

10. Ophelia (Live)

11. Small Town Heroes (Live)

12. What's Wrong With Me (Live)

13. Stage Banter 4 (Live)

14. Lake Of Fire (Live)

15. Stage Banter 5 (Live)

16. St. Roch Blues (Live)

17. Born To Win (Live)

18. Stage Banter 6 (Live)

19. Be My Baby (Live)

20. Stage Banter 7 (Live)

21. Time Is On My Side (Live)

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Track List: My Dearest Darkest Neighbor

1. Delta Momma Blues

2. Fine & Mellow

3. My Morphine

4. Black Jack Davey

5. Western Cowboy

6. Jealous Guy

7. Just A Heart

8. Angel Ballad

9. Cuckoo

10. People Talkin'

11. River

12. Goin' Away

13. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

14. My Sweet Lord

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Track List: Young Blood Blues

1. Is That You?

2. Slow Walk

3. Lately In Dm

4. I Know You

5. Young Blood Blues

6. Too Much Of A Good Thing

7. Take Me

8. Calmly

9. Little Things

10. Sali's Song

Comments

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S**t dang! That rail rider made it big good for her! Now we need Hot Damn Scandal with stinky Pete off the streets and riding the rails of the big time...some sorrowful musical saw! I love it!
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d.dreaming
LoVe!!!
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Alynda was one of the highlights of living in New Orleans. I miss her live music and am happy for HFTRR's success.
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flashingstre a k s
Huh pretty cartoon
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charman23
Can't thank you enough, Alynda. So very appreciative and respectful. Was great to see your performance in St. Louis in July. -Catherine (Sali's proud stepmom)
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<3
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professorpee w e e
Sweet, simple, honest music that goes straight to the heart. Brilliant.
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beautiful stuff
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pieguy150
Incredible group with a new album Look Out Mama. Awesome
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love
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This group is terrific! Check them out!
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thesillybast a r d
Holy s**t, last time I saw these kids was down in New Orleans pre-katrina. We were all digging half eaten sandwiches out of the trash and stealing half finished tourist drinks. Glad to see them make it!
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ninjamonkeys c r a t c h
It's so great to see Alynda have this success. I met her several eternities ago, first in NYC, later in Philly (RIP Wasteland Squat!). She used to sing this song about Wild Irish Rose that would get stuck in my head, and now I get to have all the Riff Raff songs stuck in there too! Keep rockin, all the best
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love love love this artist and their style! amazing!
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Sounds like Fiona Apple with banjo and squeezebox instead of piano.
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This is very cool, it actually reminds me of 16 horsepower. I am hearing a lot of music that I have not heard of before. It's too bad radio stations don't play more than their same old formatted top 20 songs. Bands like this need to be put out there for everyone to hear.
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imsmead1
Yep, different singers. However the old accordion player from Riff Raff and the trumpeter from Dark Dark Dark are one and the same. He's the frontman of Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship? I highly recommend checking them out, as well as Sam Doores and the Tumbleweeds, who have been touring with Riff Raff lately, you'll be gald you did!
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abortone
Dark Dark Dark and Hurray for the Riff Raff do not have the same singers.
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eonisee
singer reminds me of DARK DARK DARK....anyo n e know if they are one and the same?
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Hiii !!!! friend from pdx tunred me on!.... where can I find june bugs from your amazing band!!!???? oxloxooxxox
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Her new album, Young Blood Blues is even better, I wish it was on here.
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if you like this look up the band hot dog is my hero this should still be together!

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