×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Happytown
     

Happytown

by Steve Riley
 
Happytown, the eighth release by Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, marks Cajun music's 21st century arrival. With cosmopolitan breadth, the band uses diverse sounds -- such as samples of field recordings, loopy drum tracks, and electrified ensemble instrumentation -- while tenaciously clinging to its Cajun roots. In true tromping fashion, Happytown

Overview

Happytown, the eighth release by Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, marks Cajun music's 21st century arrival. With cosmopolitan breadth, the band uses diverse sounds -- such as samples of field recordings, loopy drum tracks, and electrified ensemble instrumentation -- while tenaciously clinging to its Cajun roots. In true tromping fashion, Happytown begins with an instrumental two-step, "Creole Stomp (Happytown)." The CD then segues into a moody waltz about a man waiting to be hanged. "Seems to Me," the album's fourth cut, fades into a snippet of a Louisiana field recording made by Alan Lomax in the 1930s, while a fiddle's psychedelic overtones saturate the chilling track "Les Vigilants/The Vigilantes." "Pointe aux ChÍnes/Oak Point," a shuffling blues-based tune, caps off Happytown with slide guitar riffs, straight-ahead drumbeats, and the respirations of a diatonic accordion. It's a fine slate of tunes that suffers not from a lack of quality, but from a lack of quantity: a mere 37 minutes of music. In sum, Happytown is a CD for both Cajun enthusiasts and contemporary folk music fans. It reflects Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys' imaginative approach to keeping this unique tradition alive.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2001
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661609822
catalogNumber:
616098

Related Subjects

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Riley   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Guitar,Accordion,Vocals
Roddie Romero   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
C.C. Adcock   Guitar,Vocals
Sam Broussard   Guitar
Kevin Dugas   Fiddle,Drums,Triangle
Erik Flettrich   Vocals
David Greely   Fiddle,Mandolin,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kyle Hebert   Bass,Fiddle

Technical Credits

C.C. Adcock   Producer
Erik Flettrich   Engineer
David Greely   translation
Dirk Powell   Liner Notes
David Rachou   Engineer
Aaron Zeller   Programming
Rhett Bernard   Contributor

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews