Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

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Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 2009.
Background information
OriginLouisiana, United States
Years active1988–present
LabelsRounder Records
MembersSteve Riley
Sam Broussard
Brazos Huval
Kevin Dugas
Kevin Wimmer
Past membersJimmy Domengeaux (guitarist)
David Greely
Peter Schwarz

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys are a Cajun band from southern Louisiana.[1] The band formed in 1988 and has since recorded 10 albums, nine of which are on Rounder Records.

The band includes Steve Riley (accordion), David Greely (fiddle), Sam Broussard (guitar), Brazos Huval (fiddle/saxophone/bass) and Kevin Dugas (drums) and formerly Jimmy Domengeaux (guitar) before his death in 1999.[2] Kevin Wimmer (fiddle) joined the band in 2011.


Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys started in 1988 by Steve Riley and David Greely. They have been very prolific with more than 10 CD's almost exclusively in Cajun French. Their style has grown from exclusively traditional music of Riley's mentors Dewey Balfa, Belton Richard, and Walter Mouton to a more personal style that still has a distinctively Cajun sound.

They released a 'Best of' compilation album in 2008, which featured some of their greatest hits.[3]

David Greely has retired from the band due to hearing problems. His last performance was the 2011 Mardis Gras dance in Eunice, LA.[4]


Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have been nominated for two Grammy Awards in The Best Traditional Folk Album category, one Grammy nomination was for Trace of Time for Best Traditional Folk Album,[5] and the second was for Bon Rêve in 2004.[6]


  • Grand Isle (2011)
  • Dominos (2005)
  • Bon Rêve (2003)
  • Happytown (2001)
  • Bayou Ruler (1998)
  • Friday at Last (1997)
  • La Toussaint (1995)
  • Live! (1994)
  • Trace of Time (1993)
  • Tit Galop Pour Mamou (1992)
  • Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys (1990)


  • En Francais: Cajun 'n' Creole Rock 'n' Roll Various, produced by Louis Michot of Lost Bayou Ramblers (2011) Bayou Teche Brewers/CD Baby
  • Steve Riley in the group Racines: Allons Boire un Coup: A Collection of Cajun and Creole Drinking Songs Various artists (2006) Valcour Records

Steve Riley On Others' Recordings[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "LSUE Website on Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys". Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  2. ^ "Elvis Pelvis Entry With Obituary". Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  3. ^ Cole, Katherine (24 June 2008). "Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys Release 'Best Of' Compilation". VOA News. Voice of America. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Louisiana Music at the Grammy Awards
  6. ^ Mamou Playboys Website

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