Steve Riley (Accordion): Best of Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys [2 CD Version]

Audio Samples

>Tiens Bon [Hold On]
>Aux Natchitoches [In Natchitoches]
>Menteur [Liar]
>Pointe Aux Pins [Pine Point]
>Katherine
>J'ai Été-Z-Au Bal [I Went To the Dance]
>Pointe Aux Chenes / Oak Point
>Toussaint [All Saints' Day]
>Danse De Mardi-Gras [Mardi Gras Song]
>Ardoin Medley
>Souhait Du Veuf [Widower's Wish]
>Between Eunice & Opelousas
>Laisse-Moi Connaître [Let Me Know]
>Je Suis Pas Un Couillon [I'm Not a Fool]
>Allons Danser [Let's Dance]
>King Zydeco
>[CD-Rom Track]
>Lawrence Walker Medley
>Paradis Des Musiciens [Musicians' Paradise]
>Lovers' Waltz
>Corner Post, The
>Vini, Jilie [Come, Jilie]
>Bayou Noir [Back of Town Two-Step]
>Vie Je Croyais Je Voulais
>Jamais Une Autre Chance [Never Another Chance]
>Bon Rêve [Sweet Dream]
>Oh, Mam [Oh, Mom]
>Pays Des Étrangers [Land of Strangers]
>Clefs De La Prison [the Keys To the Prison]
>Evangeline Waltz Two-Step
>Mari Mouri [Mary Has Died]
>Zarico N'est Pas Salé [Zydeco is Not Salty]
>[CD-Rom Track]

Track List

>Tiens Bon [Hold On]
>Aux Natchitoches [In Natchitoches]
>Menteur [Liar]
>Pointe Aux Pins [Pine Point]
>Katherine
>J'ai Été-Z-Au Bal [I Went To the Dance]
>Pointe Aux Chenes / Oak Point
>Toussaint [All Saints' Day]
>Danse De Mardi-Gras [Mardi Gras Song]
>Ardoin Medley
>Souhait Du Veuf [Widower's Wish]
>Between Eunice & Opelousas
>Laisse-Moi Connaître [Let Me Know]
>Je Suis Pas Un Couillon [I'm Not a Fool]
>Allons Danser [Let's Dance]
>King Zydeco
>[CD-Rom Track]
>Lawrence Walker Medley
>Paradis Des Musiciens [Musicians' Paradise]
>Lovers' Waltz
>Corner Post, The
>Vini, Jilie [Come, Jilie]
>Bayou Noir [Back of Town Two-Step]
>Vie Je Croyais Je Voulais
>Jamais Une Autre Chance [Never Another Chance]
>Bon Rêve [Sweet Dream]
>Oh, Mam [Oh, Mom]
>Pays Des Étrangers [Land of Strangers]
>Clefs De La Prison [the Keys To the Prison]
>Evangeline Waltz Two-Step
>Mari Mouri [Mary Has Died]
>Zarico N'est Pas Salé [Zydeco is Not Salty]
>[CD-Rom Track]

Album Notes

Steve Riley (Accordion): Sam Broussard (vocals, tenor, acoustic guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, percussion); David Greely (vocals, baritone, fiddle, tenor saxophone); Brazos Huval (bass instrument); Kevin Dugas (drums, triangle).

Personnel: Steve Riley (vocals, tenor, fiddle, accordion); Peter Schwarz (vocals, tenor, fiddle, acoustic bass, bass guitar, triangle); Zachary Richard (tenor); C.C. Adcock (guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Jimmy Domengeaux, Kevin Barzas (guitar, acoustic guitar); Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal (guitar); Roddie Romero, Sonny Landreth (electric guitar); Arconge Touchet, Randall Foreman (steel guitar); Dirk Powell, Eddie Baytos (piano); Tina Pilione (acoustic bass); Kyle Hebert (electric bass); Michael Chapman (drums); Joseph "Zydeco Joe" Mouton (rub-board); Christine Balfa, Kelli Roberts (triangle); Tony Daigle, Billy Ware (percussion); Erik Flettrich (background vocals).

Audio Mixers: Erik Flettrich; Scott Ardoin.

Liner Note Author: Barry Jean Ancelet.

Recording information: American Sector's Egyptian Room, New Orleans, LA (??/1989-10/2007); Boudreaux's Studio, Scott, LA (??/1989-10/2007); Cypress House Studios, Parks, LA (??/1989-10/2007); Dockside Studios, Maurice, LA (??/1989-10/2007); Electric Comoland, Lafayette, LA (??/1989-10/2007); La Louisianne Studios, Lafayette, LA (??/1989-10/2007); Overdub Studios, Ville Platte, LA (??/1989-10/2007); Ultrasonic Studio, New Orleans, LA (??/1989-10/2007); Your Place Or Mine, Glendale, CA (??/1989-10/2007).

Author: Barry Jean Ancelet.

Unknown Contributor Roles: Tony Latiolais; Rhett Bernard; King Cotton; Jimmie Wood.

Arrangers: David Greely; Linda Handelsman; Steve Riley .

After two decades of roots-rockin' ferocity, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys released this comprehensive two-disc set of highlights from their distinguished career. Obviously well-schooled in strictly traditional Cajun forms--witness their spot-on readings of standards such as "La Danse De Mardi Gras"--Riley and Co. are most famous for reinvigorating those styles for a modern audience. These tracks cook with drums, electricity, production sheen, and intense tempos. Call it New Hot Cajun, and then two-step your cares away.



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