Hurray For The Riff Raff
It had been a successful, if tumultuous, ride for Alynda Segarra, who‘s been spreading a new kind of roots-conscious folk music across the country from her adopted hometown of New Orleans. Hurray for the Riff Raff had four albums under its belt, with the last one, Small Town Heroes, featuring “The Body Electric,” a song that NPR‘s Ann Powers called “The Political Song of the Year” in 2014. Yet even though her musical career had begun by running away from home at 17, Segarra had a different story to tell so she became the willing vessel for a character she calls “The Navigator,” from which her new album takes its name. Like a song-cycle from an imaginary Off-Broadway musical, The Navigator rises from the ashes of loneliness and striving, honky tonks and long walks by the river of urban dreams. Segarra‘s voice speaks with a husky weariness that coexists with a naïve curiosity and has never been more soulful, whether she‘s decrying urban gentrification or mourning the lies people tell. It has not gone unnoticed as The Navigator traveled directly to the top 2017 album lists of Rolling Stone, SPIN and many more.