Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys
Thursday, April 11 @ 8:00 pm
Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys
Featuring Steve Riley on accordion and vocals, backed by a talented group of musicians playing fiddle, guitar, bass, and drums, this band’s music is a mix of traditional Cajun dance tunes, ballads, and Bluesy numbers, all delivered with a fiery passion that’ll get you up and moving. Even with two Grammy® nominations, these boys are humble to their Mamou, Louisiana roots, evident in their music today.
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys began 35 years ago with a reputation for excellence. Their stunningly clean and cohesive performance of Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest Louisiana propelled them into the world music limelight early on, and by their third release, “Trace of Time,” had garnered them a Grammy® nomination in the worldwide field of traditional Folk music, another in 2004 for “Bon Reve,” in 2009 for Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and again in 2011 for their release, “Grand Isle.”
From the day they started, they have gone from strength to strength. Never in Cajun music has there been a comparable wealth of skills brought to the same table. Featuring three songwriters and four vocalists, the most recent lineup includes David Greely on fiddle and vocals, Steve’s son, Burke Riley, on drums and vocals, Philippe Billeaudeaux on bass, and Sam Broussard on guitar and vocals.
Bandleader, Steve Riley of Mamou Louisiana, is a widely acknowledged master of the Cajun accordion and its singularly powerful sound. His playing is a standard by which timing, phrasing and ingenuity are measured on the royal instrument of South Louisiana. In addition to having recorded and performed with the likes of Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson and Paul Simon, Steve is also a founding member of the Lil Band o’ Gold and the Band Courtbouillon with whom he, Wayne Toups, and Wilson Savoy won a Grammy award in 2013!