Hurray For The Riff Raff: Bound For Glory

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(Photos by Sarrah Danziger) Last June, Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra joined Dash Rip Rock’s Bill Davis, former Subdude Tommy Malone and the legendary Allen Toussaint at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans’ French Quarter for an event announcing that the year’s Americana Music Association Conference would focus on New Orleans. Each […]

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Come Around Sundown: Country Music In The Crescent City

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(Sam Doores. Photos by Sarrah Danziger) One of the most influential New Orleans albums of the last ten years came packaged in a brown paper bag, like a bottle of cheap booze. Sundown Songs’ 2008 debut, Like A Jazz Band In Nashville, collects twenty austere, rambling, surprisingly deft country tunes – plus one recipe for […]

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5 Essential New Orleans Singer-Songwriter Albums

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  Sundown Songs: Like A Jazz Band In New Orleans (2008) This debut was a DIY labor of love: a loose group of musicians recorded the songs in a friend’s shotgun shack studio, burned the CDs themselves, cut out the album covers, and distributed it to friends at a barbecue. Thanks to its comfy country […]

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Shindig Preview: Hurray For The Riff Raff, J. Roddy Walston, Jonny Fritz, Benjamin Booker

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The Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig is less than a week away, so if you haven’t RSVP’d to the party yet, be sure to do so here. Also, don’t forget to download the Shindig sampler, featuring 15 tracks from the artists who are playing the Austin event on March 12-13. To further whet your appetite for […]

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The Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig Sampler

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   American Songwriter is proud to present The Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig, a two-day musical extravaganza deep in the heart of Texas. The event goes down March 12 and March 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Weather Up in East Austin (1808 E Cesar Chavez Street). This month’s digital sampler features […]

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March/April 2014 Digital Issue Featuring Hurray For The Riff Raff Now Available

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  The waiting is the hardest part. But if you have an iPad or Android tablet device, you don’t have to wait for the March/April dead-tree edition of American Songwriter, which doesn’t hit newsstands until March 10. Tablet users can dive into the digital edition today and enjoy our cover story on Hurray for the Riff […]

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Check Out The Lineup For The Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig

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American Songwriter is proud to present The Billy Reid + Weather Up Austin Shindig, a two-day musical extravaganza deep in the heart of Texas. The event goes down March 12 and March 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Weather Up in East Austin (1808 E Cesar Chavez Street). This year’s party will feature performances […]

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American Songwriter Live: Hurray For The Riff Raff

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Hurray for the Riff Raff is the nom de band of Alynda Lee Segarra, a New Orleans musician by way of the Bronx who is set to release her ATO Records debut, Small Town Heroes, in February. HFTT stopped by our office last month when they were in town for a two-night run opening for […]

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Meet The Deslondes

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You may remember the “spooky dustbowl blues” of a band we profiled earlier this year called the Tumbleweeds. Now, the same band, fronted by songwriters Sam Doores and Riley Downing, is changing its name to The Deslondes, named after the street in the Holy Cross neighborhood of New Orleans where the band first came together. […]

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Hurray For The Riff Raff, “Everybody Knows (for Trayvon Martin)”

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On her 26th birthday, Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra has offered up a stark, beautiful video for a new song called “Everybody Knows,” filmed in her home in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, with her friend Kate Cavazos. Long ago in Memphis town Streets were filled with a glorious sound […]

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