We are very happy to announce that Steve Riley has won a Grammy Award in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category with The Band Courtbouillon, a group that also includes local favorites, Wayne Toups, Wilson Savoy and bassist Eric Frey. The self-titled cd was produced by Joel Savoy and is available on Valcour Records at either of the last two links below. The Band Courtbouillon’s performance at Downtown Alive in Lafayette, LA on April 19th 2013 will also double as a local Grammy winning celebration!
This month marks 25 years that Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have been together! It’s been amazing on many levels & in many ways! We can’t even begin to go into all of the stories, but we’re extremely proud of reaching this milestone! Not too many bands last this long, but we were born into an amazing culture, have gotten to learn and play from our heros, and playing the music we know and love is as necessary to us as breathing. Perhaps that’s why we’re still together doing it! It’s truly been a blessing in countless ways!
This group started in 1988 about 6 months after David Greely and I met at Savoy Music Center in Eunice, LA for the weekly Saturday jam there. We started our 1st weekly gig at Mulates in Baton Rouge in January as the Mamou Playboys with Mike Dupuy on guitar and Mike “Chop” Chapman on drums. Kevin Barzas, whose father and grandfather, Vorance and Maurice Barzas, were the original Mamou Playboys, soon joined on guitar. This was the line-up for our first few years together and the core group on our first, self-titled cd, that officially put us on the map! In the early 90’s, Kevin Dugas joined on drums and Peter Schwarz joined as our bass player and manager and put us on an even bigger map!
We’ve had the fortune of having the best of the best in Cajun music play in this band! Jimmy Domengeaux (1954-1999), Roddie Romero, Kyle Hebert, Blaine Gaspard, and others who have played with us as fill-ins over the years! Thanks to all of our musical brothers, all of the Playboy-alumi, and all of our friends and fans for a great 25 year run! Many of you are still around and remain close friends and extended family! We love and appreciate you all!
After 13 recordings and 4 Grammy nominations, the best is still yet to come! We promise! Now, get a t-shirt!
We are very happy to announce that “Grand Isle” has been nominated for a Grammy award, our fourth nomination! There is no longer a Cajun/Zydeco category, so we were nominated for “Best Regional Roots Music Album”! Some of us will be making the trip to the awards show on February 12th in Los Angeles! You can read more about the cd and hear it in it’s entirety here at this link: http://mamouplayboys.com/grand_isle/. Hope to see you at some of our local shows in the next couple of months leading up to the Grammys. Look for a possible local Grammy fundraiser show with special guests sometime in January! Aww yeah!
While we were in D.C. in February, we stopped in at NPR and did a Tiny Desk Concert! This is a small informal, acoustic show hosted by Bob Boilen that has been happening for sometime now! You can never go wrong with an appearance on NPR! Click here to check it out!
Grand Isle reviews and press continues to pour in from LA and throughout the US! You can check out the latest press and reviews here. Or visit www.rockpaperscissors.biz for more info.
“Grand Isle” was officially released nationally on February 22nd and can new be found in stores near you, here on our site and on iTunes!! We hope to see you soon at some of our shows here or on upcoming tours that will have us traveling pretty extensively through September! — Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys