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Alynda Lee embodies the folk ideal. At a time when much "folk music" has become the province of self-serious beardy auteurs content to ply their heartsick wares on the coffeehouse circuit, Alynda has a worried mind and a restless heart. She ran away from her Bronx home at age 17 and, like Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott before her, started riding freight trains, making acquaintances as she roamed from town to town and sleeping out at night underneath the big open sky. She eventually ended up in New Orleans, where she made money by playing washboard for a street band called the Dead Man's Street orchestra. Over time, washboard became banjo and Lee went from side player to central figure, forming Hurray for the Riff Raff to give voice to the song in her heart.
Young Blood Blues is the second Hurray for the Riff Raff record, and it's their first masterpiece. Stark, stirring and evocative, it capably summons both early Cat Power and Margaret Johnson while being clearly beholden to neither. Make no mistake: this is Alynda's world, and she gave life to the characters that inhabit it. Some of them are just shadows: "I… read more »