Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hot Dang! Yodeling! Hurray for the Riff Raff - Get this DL

Hot diggity dang do I like this! Hurray for the Riff Raff

With its sweet southern influences and gorgeous folk-meets-bluegrass instrumentation, Hurray for the Riff Raff is a new band with an old soul -- and a slew of genre-crossing influences. Founded by vocalist Alynda lee Segarra, the project is a culmination of her years traveling, living in New Orleans, and eventually finding a niche with honky-tonk band The Tumbleweeds. "Look Out Mama," the first single from their upcoming album of the same name, combines classic folk and southern rock elements with sleepy melodies, beautifully husky vocals, and a slow, honey-drizzled tone. Give it a spin, download it for a limited-time, and grab the new album when it drops May 1.

Hurray for the Riff Raff is Alynda lee Segarra, a 25 year old Puerto Rican from the Bronx. After leaving home at an early age to travel the country, she eventually settled in New Orleans where she began to perform and record with a revolving cast of musicians. She released two records (2008's It Don't Mean I Don't Love You and 2010's Young Blood Blues) mostly consisting of delicate folk and country songs. In 2011, the UK record label Loose Music (Felice Brothers, Dawes, Deer Tick), released Hurray for the Riff Raff, an album that collected the best songs from those records. The Times of London named Hurray for the Riff Raff one of the Top Ten Albums of 2011. Phil Alexander, the Editor-in-Chief of Mojo Magazine, raved that they "have immense potential and seductive power" and named them second best band at SXSW 2011.

Back in the States, Alynda met up with a young honky-tonk band called the Tumbleweeds, just as she began to expand her musical palette to include rock n roll, pop, and soul. In the tradition of Bob Dylan with Band and Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Alynda recruited the Tumbleweeds to be her touring band, drastically altering the sound of Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Look Out Mama is the result of almost two years of Alynda and the Tumbleweeds criss-crossing the USA, playing over 100 shows in small bars and clubs. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes), Look Out Mama is an exploration of classic American music as interpreted by Alynda lee Segarra. From the Swamp Pop of "Little Black Star" to the Classic Country of "Look Out Mama", to the Psychedelia of "Ode to John and Yoko" and even the Surf-Rock of "Lake of Fire," Look Out Mama covers a wide array of musical ground, with every song unified by Alynda's soulful vocals and expert songwriting.

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