Bon Rêve

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661608429
  • Catalog Number: 616084
  • Sales rank: 304,981

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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