Bon Reve - Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys

Rounder

Nobody cooks Cajun like Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys. With each new release, the band fleshes out the future of swamp rhythms and the Cajun French traditions of South Louisiana. While the Playboys can chug through loyal tributes to their mentors like Dewey Balfa and Clifton Chenier, their own sophisticated songs bring the house down with head boppin' hooks. For 2003 the five-piece brings us the album 'Bon Reve' or Sweet Dream. Accordionist Steve Riley leads the Playboys through 17 tracks of southern hospitality that sounds as contemporary as anything being done with American roots music today. 'Maline', the album opener is the story of a Cajun girl who wants to marry into wealth and is willing to deny her Cajun heritage to do it. Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys on the other hand, are betrothed to the music they love and while they're not household names, they do their Cajun heritage proud.