Live Video: Hurray for the Riff Raff

photo by Beth Crook (view set)

Immediately upon hearing Hurray for the Riff Raff, a number of important songstresses whoosh to mind: Dolly Parton, Fiona Apple, First Aid Kit, Jolie Holland and many others. What distinguishes Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra from all these others? Perhaps it’s simply the specific look on her face, her eyes marked with shadow and long lashes, often closed and locked in concentration. But more than just an interesting face, Segarra travels the dusty road of Americana like a wandering bard, gathering like-minded travelers, to share her deeply poetic, often personal, but always universal lyrics. Watch her recent in-studio session, live in The Roadhouse with Greg Vandy, on KEXP:

Full performance: 

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