Hurray For The Riff Raff: Bound For Glory

(Photos by Sarrah Danziger) Last June, Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Lee Segarra joined Dash Rip Rock’s Bill Davis, former Subdude Tommy Malone and the legendary Allen Toussaint at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans’ French Quarter for an event announcing that the year’s Americana Music Association Conference would focus on New Orleans. Each performed, and Toussaint played a medley of the classic New Orleans R&B hits he wrote, but the most memorable mini-set came from Segarra, who sat down with her acoustic guitar and sang a new song, “Small Town Heroes.” Oh baby girl, where did you go? I threw you out where the cold wind blows Are you in Vidalia with your no-good mom? I just couldn’t watch you stick it in your arm. You wanted to love, wanted love but I just couldn’t give enough. “When I was writing ‘Small Town Heroes,’ I wanted to bring The Velvet Underground to a John Prine song,” she says. “Tell the story of people I grew up with and bring my teenage years in New York to where I am now, and have it all come together in one song.” Sung quietly as an acoustic blues, the song tells…

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