Hurray for the Riff Raff is an American folk-blues and Americana band from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Segarra was raised by her aunt Nereida in the Bronx where she developed an early appreciation for doo-wop and Motown. She is of Puerto Rican descent.
Segarra became a regular attendee of hardcore punk shows at ABC No Rio when she was young.She left her home in the Bronx at age 17, spending time crossing North America, hopping freight trains.
After two self-released albums, 2008’s It Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You and 2010’s Young Blood Blues, Hurray for the Riff Raff released a self-titled CD composed of Segarra’s favorite songs from those records on Loose Music in Europe on March 21, 2011. Tracks from the band’s debut release received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.
In February 2011, the band were featured in an article in The Times, based around the HBO TV series, Treme, with their track “Daniella” being listed in their selection of New Orleans’ essential songs.
In May 2012, Hurray for the Riff Raff released Look Out Mama on their own label, Born to Win Records. No Depression said it “sounds like something The Band would’ve had playing on a Victorola while making Music From Big Pink in Woodstock.”
In December 2016 they announced their new record ‘The Navigator’ on Pitchfork with the first single “Rican Beach.” The album will be released on March 10, 2017 on ATO Records.
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