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Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys

Steve Riley and his band, the Mamou Playboys, have quickly risen to the top of the Cajun music heap, and the band is as well-known on the festival and club circuit as Beausoleil. Clearly, the band's 1990s-styled Cajun rhythms and melodies have touched a nerve with crowds around the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The band sings only in French, reflecting their serious attitude about maintaining the Cajun music tradition as practiced in southwest Louisiana. Riley plays accordion, writes songs, and sings, but he shares songwriter responsibilities with the other members of his band: David Greely on fiddle, Peter Schwarz on bass, fiddle and harmony vocals, Kevin Dugas on drums, and Jimmy Domengeaux on guitar. The band's early albums reflect their respect for tradition, as they do a lot of covers of well-known and obscure Cajun tunes; later albums, especially 1995's La Toussaint, reflect the band's growth as a touring and performing entity unto themselves, as there are more self-penned compositions.

Riley, who lives in Lafayette, began playing accordion when he was 13. After a three-year apprenticeship playing accordion in the band of fiddle playing Cajun legend Dewey Balfa, Riley formed his own group when he was 18.

The Mamou Playboys have spent their entire recording career at Rounder Records. 1994's Live! includes a pair of Clifton Chenier zydeco tunes, but in the main, the band tackles traditional Cajun tunes by the likes of Dewey Balfa, Iry Lejeune, D.L. Menard, and Aldus Rogers. Standard Cajun tunes are showcased gloriously on 1993's Trace of Time, an album produced by Al Tharp of Beausoleil, while more acoustic, folky material is featured on 1992's Tit Galop Pour Mamou. The band's self-titled 1990 debut album, produced by Cajun blues-rocker Zachary Richard, also pays respect to the music that came before them, and includes tunes by the above-mentioned masters of Cajun music. Bayou Ruler followed in 1998, and Happytown, produced by C.C. Adcock, was released in 2001. Bon Rêve appeared in 2003, followed by Dominos in 2005. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Grand Isle

1. Danser San Comprendre (Dancing Without Understanding)

2. Chatterbox

3. C'est L'heure Pour Changer (This Is The Time For Change)

4. C'est Ennuyant (It's Lonely)

5. Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regrets)

6. Pierre

7. Valse De Chagrin (Waltz Of Sorrow)

8. Grand Isle

9. Lyons Point

10. C'est Trop (Too Much)

11. Honest Papas Love Their Mamas Better

12. Au Revoir

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Track List: Bon Reve

1. Maline

2. Bon Reve

3. Jamais Une Autre Chance

4. Paradis Des Musiciens

5. La Vie Je Croyais Je Voulais

6. Vini Jilie

7. Les Blues De Prison

8. McGee Medley

9. Aussi Toute Seule Que Moi

10. Coco D'oeil Dans Le Fond Du Puit

11. Evangeline Waltz Two-Step

12. T'as Fini De Me Voir

13. La Derniere Valse

14. Oh, Mam

15. Ost Special

16. La Valse Du Malchanceux

17. La Chanson De Savoy

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Track List: La Toussaint

1. Je M'en Fous Pas Mal

2. Tes Parents Veulent Plus Me Voir

3. Katherine

4. J'ai Reveille A Ce Matin

5. Deux Valses A Wayne Perry

6. Ca Tu Dis Et Ca Tu Fais Sont Pas Pareils

7. La Toussaint

8. Between Eunice & Opelousas

9. La Valse D'amitie

10. Bayou Schwarz

11. La Danse De Mardi Gras

12. New Orleans Beat

13. Entre L'amour Et L'avenir

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Track List: Trace Of Time

1. Bayou Noir/Back Of Town Two-Step

2. Mon Vieux Wagon

3. Old Home Waltz

4. Church Point Breakdown

5. Parlez-Nous A Boire

6. Lover's Waltz

7. Sur Le Coutableau

8. La Valse Du Regret

9. La Pointe-Au-Pic

10. The Corner Post

11. Zarico Est Pas Sale

12. Untitled

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Track List: Tit Galop Pour Mamou

1. Jangle A Moi

2. Madame Etienne

3. La Petite Anna A Magene Meaux

4. J'aimarais Te Pardonner

5. 'tit Galop Pour Mamou

6. Chere Joues Roses

7. Blues Du Saoulard

8. Dans Les Pins

9. Amedee Two-Step

10. Les Barres De La Prison

11. Cajun Special

12. Je M'endors

13. Donne-Moi Une Autre Chance

14. Mardi Gras Jig / Scott Playboy Special

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Track List: Bayou Ruler

1. Bayou Ruler

2. Laisse-Moi Connaitre

3. My True Love (Voyage D'amour)

4. Tough Get Going

5. King Zydeco

6. La Rosee

7. All For The Better

8. J'ai Ete-Z-Au Bal

9. Chez Personne

10. Clin D'oeil (The Wink)

11. Je Suis Pas Un Couillon

12. Mama Told Papa

13. Let Me Know (Laisse-Moi Connaitre)

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Track List: Dominos

1. Dominos

2. Pays Des Etrangers / Land Of Strangers

3. Ardoin Medley

4. La Vie D'un Vieux Garcon / Bachelor's Life

5. Marie Mouri / Marie Has Died

6. Napoleon B. Fruge

7. Coulee Rodair / Rodair Creek

8. Les Clefs De La Prison / Keys To The Prison

9. Elise

10. Espere Jusqu'a Je Finis De Pleurer / Wait Till I Finish Crying

11. Waxia

12. Tu Peux Cogner / Keep A-Knockin'

13. Mazurka

14. Ramificajuns

15. Riviere De Temps / River Of Time

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Track List: Live!

1. Les Flammes D'enfer

2. Tout Les Temps En Temps

3. J'aimerais Te Pardonner

4. 1755

5. La Point Aux Pins

6. Elle Savait Pas J'etais Marie

7. Perrodin Two-Step

8. Evangeline Special

9. La Valse De Marie

10. Quelle Etoile

11. La Valse De Prairie Ronde

12. Reel De Joie

13. Bosco Stopm / Zarico Est Pas Sale

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Track List: Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboys

1. La Pointe Aux Pins

2. Eunice Waltz

3. Ton Papa Et Ta Maman M'ont Jete Dehors

4. Chere Petits Yeux Bleus

5. Mamou Hot Step

6. Indien Sur Le Chicot

7. Blues De Port Arthur

8. Valse De La Belle

9. High Point Two Step

10. La Valse Des Vachers

11. Grand Bois

12. Blues De Port Arthur (Part 2)

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We hope you keep returning to CMU up in Mt Pleasant Michigan. Your music is great!
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Sounds like Mandy was ur first. Virgins what they gotta explain
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tlcalive
Love your sound and that you keep it cajun French. Doyl you ever play in San Diego's Bayou by the Bay?
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The love the instrument combination ! !LTHEL!
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Bon vieux chanky les turbinelles music de vers le bas le bayou!
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You got that right...mmmm good!
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Great tempo a little Cajun is good for the soul tres bien
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Out of sight...tres bon
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Dont bury me yet I have lots of fun to have...!:0)
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This one has a country flavor love it. Yee Haaa..! :o))
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gemeterio62
Bury me in Lafayette
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....to dance over earth and sky into the past.
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Sure looking forward to 2015 NOLA JazzFest
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Almost every time I hear a Cajun song I really like, I look over at the screen and it's Steve Riley. Love these guys. On the bucket list - go to the Lafayette area and hear these guys live.
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Great music!!!!
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If everyone could hear this music there would be no WARS' anywhere lots of Dancin and LOVIN and lots of children and lots of Happiness world wide.
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tigerheartlt d
gets me jiggin!
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happiegal
Love it! Love it!
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WTG gina! :)
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I was a Coon A** in another life.
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I play Accordion I am 12 I learned most of my songs I learned from courtbuillio n
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mrkrlly
Cogratulatio n on your Grammy Steve Riley and Courtbouillo n .
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EVERYTIME I HEAR THIS MUSIC,CAN'T HELP BUT DANCE
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i should ben born a cajun ;
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God I Miss The Bayou
!!!
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one of he best musican around love listening to ya steve and band
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Swamp Pop ... taste like- well-gator take ya shoes off sit a spell
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creolelorrai n e d u l e c h e
one of the all time great Cajun bands ever!!!! arrete pas la musique!!!
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bendavid4
DEWEY BALFA WAS RITE AT NEWPORT R.I. IT'S TIME TO PUT IT ON THE FRONT PORCH LES BON TEMP ROULET
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bigeasy3204
Illiterate Rhonda, it is Cajun; not Cajon. With your command of espanol, you would know that has something to do with a box drum.
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Been watching Steve for about 18 years. Getting better all the time!
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PLEASE PANDORA,STOP PUTTING THIS CAJON CRAP ON MY CHICANO OLDIES STATION,I DID'NT ASK FOR IT,AND IF I DID,I DIDN'T MEAN TO,
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First heard Steve Riley in a little joint in Lafayette, LA..learned to love that chanky chank music.

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