Alternative folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff have gained acclaim for frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra’s fresh perspective on the sound and stories of traditional southern music. Their 2014 major label debut Small Town Heroes gained tons of praise for its stories about Segarra’s hometown of New Orleans (via the Bronx). That post-Katrina record is filled with new yarns about neighborhood violence, a night at her favorite bar, and her home in the Lower Ninth Ward told via the frame of the oldest southern folk songs. The group are set to return to Nashville April 22 at The Basement East, and local psych-folk group Promised Land Sound and folk singer Willy Gantrim will open. We’re excited to announce that we’re giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky No Country reader, but for those who might not get so lucky, tickets are still available for $15 in advance, $17 at the door.
Read on to learn more about the lineup, find out why if you have any affinity for roots music Hurray for the Riff Raff should definitely be on your radar, and enter to win a pair of tickets!
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
Hurray for the Riff Raff is the stage name of Alynda Lee Segarra, a New York native of Puerto Rican descent who now calls New Orleans home. Queer, feminist, traveler, punk, Segarra makes music for the people she calls the “riff raff,” or those on the outskirts of society who are usually ignored by all forms of mainstream art and media. Whether it’s a young gay punk or an older person who loves old fashioned country, both are alienated by the music that has been labeled as popular, and both can equally embrace Segarra’s interpretation of traditional southern music.
PROMISED LAND SOUND
We’ve been on the Promised Land Sound bandwagon for awhile. The roots-rock psych-folk quartet’s members have played with nearly everyone around town — JEFF the Brotherhood, PUJOL, and Those Darlins to name a few — released a 7″ on Third Man after gaining Jack White’s attention, and came out with their sophomore record For Use and Delight last fall.
Willy Gantrim is a solo folk troubadour and recent Nashville transplant from New York City, who accompanies himself on acoustic guitar and sings all kinds of old-timey music including country, blues, folk, and ragtime. He does a lot of traveling and a lot of busking. Think Pokey LaFarge and folk-era Dylan.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 21+ to enter. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Tuesday, April 19 at 5 p.m. CDT, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
Hurray for the Riff Raff, Promised Land Sound, and Willy Gantrim will perform Friday, April 22 at The Basement East. The show is 21+, begins at at 9 p.m. (doors at 8:30 p.m.), and tickets are available for $15.