Hurray for the Riff Raff frontwoman, singer-songwriter, and banjo player Alynda Lee Segarra is one of the more fascinating ladies in contemporary music.

Originally from the Bronx, Segarra spent her formative years connecting with the Lower East Side’s hardcore punk movement and listening to lots of Kathleen Hannah and Bikini Kill, whom she has claimed to identify with on a musical and pro-feminist level.

At 17, however, Segarra abruptly left home, traveled the U.S. via freight train, and eventually ended up in New Orleans, where she formed the folk/rock/Southern Gothic/Americana collective Hurray for the Riff Raff with fellow musicians Yosi Pearlstein, Casey McAllister, Sam Doores, and Dan Cutler.

Nowadays, Segarra is traipsing the country again, this time in support of Hurray for the Riff Raff’s newly released album, Small Town Heroes. The band even stopped by The Loft‘s Your Roots Are Showing for a special live performance of their honky tonk jam I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright).

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