Hurray For The Riff Raff Performs At OpenAir, Talks Tour Survival Tips

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Photo: Hurray For The Riff Raff At OpenAir
Hurray For The Riff Raff

Hurray For The Riff Raff is the project of New Orleans singer and multi-instrumentalist Alynda Segarra. The band's latest album, "Small Town Heroes," has been praised for Segarra's inviting, down-to-earth vocals and her portrayal of the band's troubled but fascinating hometown through Americana-inspired folk music.

The six-piece band stopped into our CPR Performance Studio during a tour with City & Colour.

In addition to performing three songs from "Small Town Heroes," Segarra spoke with OpenAir's Scott Carney about how the band stays entertained while on the road and how she finds new meanings in her songs when she performs live.

Stream the full session above and read interview highlights below.

On passing the time while on tour:

"We listen to a lot of radio actually. We listen to podcasts, relationship advice shows. We read a lot, we talk a lot, we have some laughs. We're a pretty entertaining group."

On how the songs of "Small Town Heroes" have evolved by performing them live:

"My favorite songs are the ones that are always meaning something different. ... We're always working on our live show, always trying to find a way to bring the spirit of the studio where you get to be so intimate and somehow translate that to this bigger sphere."

Songs performed:

  • "Levon's Dream"
  • "Small Town Heroes"
  • "The Body Electric"