"People Talkin’" - a Lucinda Williams cover by Hurray for the Riff Raff

We met Alynda and Yosi of Hurray for the Riff Raff on our New Orleans stop. It was the Day of the Dead, and they joined us on the levee in the Lower 9th Ward to play some music and talk about the culture and community of their adopted city before heading off to a parade to mourn friends lost in the past year. We’ll be posting the interview and a track from their upcoming album (due out May 1) soon, but until then, check out this gorgeous cover of Lucinda Williams’ “People Talkin’.”

"Country music really exploded, and this is not an accident, when most people no longer lived in the country. Country music is born when the country becomes a nostalgic idea. So, in America anyway, suddenly there was this dreamscape of country places that no longer existed except in heads. And the music started just then." 

- Aaron Fox, ethnomusicologist, in this RadioLab episode about why American country music appeals to urban dwellers abroad

Also, from the same 2008 episode, check out this story about the power of the cover song and how the American folk song “Those Were the Days My Friend” translated to a hit by an Afghani pop star in the 70s. During our southeast voyage, which we’ll definitely post more about soon, we talked to the guys of Yo Soybean about what constitutes a “traditional.” This is as good an example as any.