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Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys

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Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys are a Cajun band band from southern Louisiana. The band formed in 1988 and has since recorded 10 albums, nine of which are on Rounder Records.

The bands members include: Steve Riley (accordion), David Greely (fiddle), Sam Broussard (guitar), Brazos Huval (fiddle/saxophone/bass) and Kevin Dugas (drums).

An additional member, Jimmy Domengeaux played guitar with the band up until his death in 1999. Domengeaux was killed in a motorcycle accident in southwestern Louisiana.

Although the band plays primarily Cajun music, other forms are blended into the music. The mood of the Bayou Ruler album (produced by C. C. Adcock and Tarka Cordell) is a bit edgier than its other albums. This emotional quality seems to reveal a level of comfort with the music that far surpassed the bands other albums.

On their latest album Dominos they have two excellent medleys “Napoleon B. Fruge” and the “Ardoin Medley”. Their timing seems quite precise and allows the band to do interesting effects such as they do when they overlay parts on the fiddle on the song “Creole Stomp” on the Happy Town album.

The addition of Sam Broussard on guitar five years ago added an extra dimension to their music. Steve has his own blend of precision and speed on the accordion which sets him apart from many Cajun accordion players. David Greely the fiddle player finds old songs and poems and brings them to life.

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  • hometeam777

    Favorite tracks----Katherine---LA Valse Des Vachers----Chers Petits Yeux Bleus---La Toussaint----Valse Dela Belle---Espere Jusqa Je Finis De Pleurer

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Cajungrandma

    Here is Steve's Web site enjoy! http://www.mamouplayboys.com/ He grew up in "Mamou" just north of Eunice La.

    22 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Cajungrandma

    http://www.eunice-la.com/libertyschedule.html We just saw Steve the Other Night here. He and his band are nominated for the "Grammy;s" How Wonderful. You will see many top Cajun band here at the Liberty ...... Take a vacation and come and see us. You will not regret it if you love cajun music and dancing the two step.

    22 Dec 2008 Reply
  • jerdacuttupman

    I heard a couple of tracks when listening to music similar to Clifton Chenier. Excellent. Hope somebody could add an artist description.

    30 Oct 2007 Reply