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Look Out Mama by Hurray for the Riff Raff
Released: Apr 2012
Label: Born to Win Records
These indie folksters play it lean and mean, building from a sparse, sepia-toned palette to a more robust, old-timey sound that includes fiddle, shuffling drums and piano -- the perfect foil to Alynda Lee Segarra's dusty, weathered vocals. "Look Out Mama" burns slowly with fine boogie piano and fiddle interplay, and Segarra's expressive yodels. "Ramblin' Gal" sums up Segarra's life after running away from her home at age 17 to ride the rails, hobo-style. Also check out the '60s-inspired "Lake of Fire," the bluesy "What's Wrong With Me" and the honky-tonk-kissed "Go Out On the Road."
Linda Ryan

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