Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 2009.
|Origin||Louisiana, United States|
|Jimmy Domengeaux (guitarist)|
The band includes Steve Riley (accordion), David Greely (fiddle), Sam Broussard (guitar), Brazos Huval (fiddle/saxophone/bass) and Kevin Dugas (drums) and formerly Jimmy Domengeaux (guitar) before his death in 1999. Kevin Wimmer (fiddle) joined the band in 2011.
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys started in 1988 by Steve Riley and David Greely. They have been very prolific with more than 10 CD's almost exclusively in Cajun French. Their style has grown from exclusively traditional music of Riley's mentors Dewey Balfa, Belton Richard, and Walter Mouton to a more personal style that still has a distinctively Cajun sound.
They released a 'Best of' compilation album in 2008, which featured some of their greatest hits.
David Greely has retired from the band due to hearing problems. His last performance was the 2011 Mardis Gras dance in Eunice, LA.
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have been nominated for two Grammy Awards in The Best Traditional Folk Album category, one Grammy nomination was for Trace of Time for Best Traditional Folk Album, and the second was for Bon Rêve in 2004.