Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Hurray for the Riff Raff

Hurray for the Riff Raff
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Hurray for the Riff Raff is an American folk-blues group from New Orleans. In a recent interview, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with Hurray for the Riff Raff’s frontwoman, singer-songwriter, and banjo player Alynda Lee Segarra. Read the interview below as we discuss quintessential songs, powerful tributes, and their new album Small Town Heroes.

AMBY: Hello Hurray for the Riff Raff, cheers for speaking with us and congrats on the release of your new album Small Town Heroes! What’s the reaction to the record been like so far?

Hurray for the Riff Raff: Folks have been really supportive and it seems like our crowd has been listening to it a lot!

AMBY: What were some of the highlights you had while recording the album?

Hurray for the Riff Raff: Working with Andrija Tokic at the Bombshelter in Nashville is always a fun time.

AMBY: What’s the significance behind the title Small Town Heroes?

Hurray for the Riff Raff: It’s named after the song, I was proud of that one and felt like it was a big step for me as a songwriter. There’s also a feeling of pride living in New Orleans and it feels like a small town though it’s a big city.

AMBY: Which three songs would you say are the quintessential Hurray for the Riff Raff?

Hurray for the Riff Raff: Goodtime Blues (An Outlaw’s Lament), I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright) and The Body Electric.

AMBY: St. Roch Blues serves as a very beautiful and powerful tribute, alike many other songs on the album. When it came to the songwriting process, what were the biggest inspirations?

Hurray for the Riff Raff: Sam Doores and I wrote that together.  We thought a lot about the Staple Singers.

AMBY: Who would your dream jam session be with?

Hurray for the Riff Raff: Levon Helm.

AMBY: Lastly, if you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

Hurray for the Riff Raff: An end to oppression everywhere.

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Thank you Hurray for the Riff Raff, for giving us your answers!

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