Hurray for the Riff Raff is the New Orleans group led by Puerto Rican, Bronx-raised Alynda lee Sygara, whose narrative reads like a folk song. After running away from home at age 17, she hopped freight trains and played crossing the country with The Deadman Street Orchestra. After two self-released albums, the UK label Loose Music released Hurray for the Riff Raff in 2011, pulling from those two earlier albums.
In May of this year, the stellar Look Out Mama was released, and it’s been on heavy rotation in my world for several weeks now. Whereas the other HRTRR album I have, Young Blood Blues, was a bit of a puzzler and kind of hit-or-miss for me, the new album is impeccable from start to finish.
Driven by Sygara’s powerhouse vocals, it’s an album steeped in traditional american folks and blues, with a bit of a rockabilly edge, steeped in the Louisiana swamp. It will be the perfect soundtrack for your porch-sitting on these hot, sticky-humid summer 2012 nights.