Grand Isle

Grand Isle

by Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
     
 

The photo is exactly what you'd expect on the cover of an album whose mood was galvanized by the 2010 BP oil spill off the coast of the band's native Louisiana: it shows a water bird standing all alone completely covered in crude oil. Inside the cover is another small smear of oil on a white background, with the legend "April 20, 2010: 4.9 million barrels." These… See more details below

Overview

The photo is exactly what you'd expect on the cover of an album whose mood was galvanized by the 2010 BP oil spill off the coast of the band's native Louisiana: it shows a water bird standing all alone completely covered in crude oil. Inside the cover is another small smear of oil on a white background, with the legend "April 20, 2010: 4.9 million barrels." These artistic elements signal a certain seriousness of intent, and as we all know, seriousness of intent can have unpredictable effects on musical quality. But Steve Riley and his band channel their emotions nicely here: they temper justifiable outrage with what fiddler David Greeley calls "survivor's joy," departing from the traditional Cajun music that has always been the Playboys' stock in trade to draw on a variety of musical styles representing the many cultures and folkways that have been affected by the environmental disaster in southern Louisiana, and maybe a few that haven't. On Grand Isle you'll hear, among other things, a song that sounds like something Tom Waits would have written if he'd grown up along a bayou ("Pierre"); a Cajun-funk stomp with a ska backbeat and an absolutely wicked guitar solo ("C'est L'heure pour Changer"); flat-out rockers, including one with a truly monolithic beat and compressed, distorted vocals ("Chatterbox"); and even a surprisingly straight rendition of "Non, Je ne Regrette Rien," Edith Piaf's cabaret classic, here rendered with a full string section. There's a smattering of traditional two-steps and waltzes, of course, but they stand out as tradition-minded exceptions on a program that seems to want to express a small range of emotions (regret, anger, longing, defiance) in as many different ways as possible.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2011
Label:
Valcour Records
UPC:
0884501455169
catalogNumber:
45516

Tracks

  1. Danser Sans Comprendre  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  2. Chatterbox  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  3. C'est L'heure Pour Changer  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  4. C'est Ennuyant  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  5. Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  6. Pierre  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  7. Valse De Chagrin  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  8. Grand Isle  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  9. Lyons Point  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  10. C'est Trop  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  11. Honest Papas Love Their Mamas Better  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  12. Au Revoir  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  13. [CD-ROM Track]  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys   Primary Artist
Steve Riley   Indexed Contributor,Vocals,Cajun Accordion
C.C. Adcock   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano
Sam Broussard   Fiddle,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Stylophone
Jon Cleary   Piano,Hammond B3
Kevin Dugas   Drums,Triangle
Jonno Frishberg   Violin,Viola
David Greely   Fiddle,Vocals
Dirk Powell   Mandolin
Quintron   Organ,Piano
Brazos Huval   Bass
John Friedli   Bongos
Emma Young   Vocals
Kelli Jones   Vocals
Eva Frishberg   Cello
Derek Houston   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

C.C. Adcock   Producer
Sam Broussard   Composer,Engineer
Tony Daigle   Engineer
David Greely   Composer
Steve Riley   Composer
Scott Ardoin   Engineer
Camey Doucet   Composer
Mike Napolitano   Engineer
Quintron   Composer,Engineer
Jean Arceneaux   Composer
Charles Dumont   Composer
Michel Vaucaire   Composer
Ben Mumphrey   Engineer
Billy Horton   Engineer
Paul Zompa   Composer
Miss Pussycat   Composer
Jack Meile   Engineer
Morris LeBlanc   Composer

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