In a genre that is completely dominated by male rock stars, female rock’n’roll musicians have also begun to break out and rewrite history with their extraordinary and outstanding performances. There are currently countless women who have shaped the history of rock music, and Alynda Segarra from the music group Hurray For The Riff Raff Americana happens to be one of them.
The country/folk band group from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, was founded in 2007 by Alynda Segarra, who is both the frontwoman and the creative force behind the band’s current successes. To date, the band has released nine studio albums, some of which immediately became hits and received positive reviews. With the group, Alynda has worked with several top musicians and other American music groups to date.
Hurray For The Riff Raff is best known for its most popular albums Small Town Heroes, released in 2014, and The Navigator, which followed in 2017. While they continue to dominate the spotlight, the band became even more popular in 2019 after being named among the performers at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Read on as we bring you everything you need to know about the band.
Who Is Hurray For The Riff Raff?
Regardless of the fact that it is a band, it happens to be the spiritual child of Alynda Segarra, who is also the main driving force behind the group. She is an American singer and songwriter who is best known as the lead vocalist of the New Orleans-based band.
Alynda Segarra was born in New York and grew up with her aunt Nereida in the Bronx, New York. She is the daughter of the former Deputy Mayor of New York, Ninfa Segarra, and her husband. Alynda has American citizenship and is of Puerto Rican descent.
As she grew up, the rock star began attending hardcore punk shows at ABC Bo Rio in New York City. There she developed an interest in becoming a rock’n’roll musician, a passion that has paid off so well and brought her great fame.
When she was 17 years old, Segarra decided to run away from home, so she began hopping freight trains across North America. After a while, she had a small engagement with the Dead Man Street Orchestra to hone her musical skills. Later, in the same year 2007, Hurra for the Riff Raff was born and Alynda and the band released their first extended play entitled Crossing the Rubicon.
The band also released two more albums, It Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Mean Love You (2008) and Young Blood Blues (2010), before signing with the European record label Loose Music. The group released its self-titled debut album with this record company in March 2011. After the release of their debut album, their songs began to top the British hot country charts and were also broadcast on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2, among others. The group was also featured in the British newspaper The Times.
The following year, Hurra For The Riff Raff began making waves when they were invited to perform at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. They then released their next album, Look Out Mama. In 2013 they followed up with another hit album My Dearest Darkest Neighbor. Their other albums include Small Town Heroes (2014) and The Navigator (2017), which are both commercially and critically successful.
While the group continued to delight their numerous fans with their outstanding folk and country music style, they became even more popular as they were among the groups that would perform at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. This would give their fans the opportunity to see their beloved band perform again in Indio, California.
Hurray For The Riff Raff Band Members
As we have already mentioned, the music group Americana was founded by Alynda Segara in New Orleans and was formed in 2007. Its current members include Justin Kimmel and Kellen Harrison on bass, Jordan Hyde s a guitarist, Sarah Goldstone on the keyboard, Charlie Ferguson on drums, and of course Alynda Segarra as lead singer and multi-instrumentalist. Interestingly, Segarra met her bandmates in Holy Cross, a New Orleans neighborhood, and one track – End of the Line – on her 2012 album “Look Out Mama” was based entirely on how they came together.