One of my favorite musical cities is New Orleans. It’s a city that truly celebrates its musical roots, and that’s why it’s not surprising singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra felt at home there. Segarra grew up in The Bronx, and left home at the young age of 17, riding trains and hitching rides around the country, before ending up in New Orleans. In New Orleans, Segarra formed Hurray for The Riff Raff, who have released a bunch of great records, and gaining a lot of attention with their 2012 album, the self-released Look Out Mama. In February of 2014, Hurray for The Riff Raff released their first record on a major label, Small Town Heroes on ATO Records.

Hurray For The Riff Raff are truly an alternative folk band. They aim to create an alternative towards some of the more mainstream folk bands, like Mumford and Sons or The Lumineers, and also appeal to people who tend to shy away from the mainstream. From the first song on Small Town Heroes, you know the album is something special, the opener “Blue Ridge Mountain” is a wonderful classic bluegrass sounding song. The album isn’t exclusively folk influenced, songs like “No One Else” prove that, “No One Else” in particular has a New Orleans Jazz vibe throughout. Later in the album, “I Know It’s Wrong” is an old-school country song. The closing song is simply gorgeous, Segarra sings over only fiddle, and her voice is just flooring. Check out Hurray For The Riff Raff, they continue to impress crowds across North America, and are currently in Austin, TX for SXSW.

I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright) [soundcloud url=”” comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”ff7700″ width=”100%” height=”81″]

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