Alynda Lee Segarra and Co. in New Orleans country-folk ensemble Hurray for the Riff Raff premiered a video for "St. Roch Blues" via Spin. The song is one of the 12 tracks from the band's first release on ATO Records, Small Town Heroes, out Feb. 11.
The album follows 2012's Look Out Mama and 2013's My Dearest Darkest Neighbor. The song, written by Segarra and Sam Doores, was written "for some friends who left this world too soon," Segarra wrote on Facebook. "But we also like to think of it as a prayer: for the city of New Orleans, for those feeling desperate and down, for you and I to live together in peace. I hope it brings you comfort and strength. Thank you for listening to our prayer." As Alison Fensterstock notes, the song recalls the December 2010 warehouse fire that killed eight people and the shooting death of Jonathan "Flee" Hall, both of which happened in St. Roch. The video — to the score of the soulful, stripped-down mourning prayer — glimpses faces and places around St. Roch, including the Lady Rollers second line and Hot 8 Brass Band. Segarra sings, "Baby, please don't go down to New Orleans / 'cause you don't know the things I've seen." Watch it below:
The band hits the road with Shovels & Rope following its album release Feb. 14 at One Eyed Jacks.