Bon Rêve

Bon Rêve

by Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
     
 

At a time when young Cajun musicians are experimenting with all kinds of exciting hybrids, from funk to hip-hop, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys have taken a more preservationist approach, mixing in carefully written originals with tunes drawn from the rich musical tradition of southwest Louisiana, updating things just enough to keep them vital and fresh. Singing… See more details below

Overview

At a time when young Cajun musicians are experimenting with all kinds of exciting hybrids, from funk to hip-hop, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys have taken a more preservationist approach, mixing in carefully written originals with tunes drawn from the rich musical tradition of southwest Louisiana, updating things just enough to keep them vital and fresh. Singing only in French, their albums are part dance party and part history lesson. With Steve Riley on accordion, David Greely on fiddle, Peter Schwarz on bass and second fiddle, Kevin Dugas on drums, and Jimmy Domengeaux on guitar, the Playboys have developed into a confident and elegant band, and Bon Rêve (the title tune is a tribute to fiddler Canray Fontenot) reflects this. The opening track, "Maline," a Playboys' original, is a stately Cajun rocker. The various covers are reverent, careful, and absolutely right. These include a swampy run-through of Belton Richard's sad country lament "Jamals Une Autre Chance" and a Cajun boogie-blues take on Amédé Ardoin's "Blues de Prison," first recorded by Ardoin in 1934. Lawrence Walker's "Evangeline Waltz" loses a beat and becomes a hot 2-step without sacrificing any of its grace. Catch this band when they tour.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661608429
catalogNumber:
616084
Rank:
110616

Tracks

  1. Maline
  2. Bon Rêve (Sweet Dream)
  3. Jamais une Autre Chance (Never Another Chance)
  4. Paradis des Musiciens (Musicians' Paradise)
  5. La Vie Je Croyais Je Voulais (The Life I Thought I Wanted)
  6. Vini, Jilie (Come, Jilie)
  7. Blues de Prison (Prison Blues)
  8. McGee Medley
  9. Aussi Toute Seule Que Moi (As Lonely As Me)
  10. Coco d'Oeil Dans le Fond du Puit (Eyeball at the Bottom of the Well)
  11. Evangeline Waltz Two-Step
  12. T'As Fini de Me Voir (You'll Never See Me)
  13. Dernière Valse (Last Waltz)
  14. Oh, Mam (Oh, Mom)
  15. Ost Special
  16. La Valse du Malchanceux (Unlucky Waltz)
  17. La Chanson de Savoy (Savoy Song)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys   Primary Artist
Sam Broussard   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Daigle   Percussion
Kevin Dugas   Drums
David Greely   Bass,Fiddle,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Steve Riley   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Accordion,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony,Indexed Contributor
Billy Ware   Percussion
Arconge Touchet   Steel Guitar
Brazos Huval   Bass

Technical Credits

Mamou Playboys   Arranger
Lawrence Walker   Composer
Barry Jean Ancelet   Liner Notes,translation,Essay
Belton Richard   Composer
Sam Broussard   Composer,Producer
Tony Daigle   Engineer,Mastering
Carlton Frank   Composer
David Greely   Arranger,Composer,Producer,translation
Austin Pitre   Composer
Steve Riley   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Aldus Roger   Composer
Willis Touchet   Composer
Jean Arceneaux   Composer
Vorance Barzas   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Tony Diagle   Engineer

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