Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys – Happytown


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Release Date:  2001

Label:  Rounder Records


Track List

1.Creole Stomp (Happytown) 3:17
2.Big Boy Waltz 2:34
3.Gros Jean / Big John 4:11
4.Seems To Me 4:17
5.Les Vigilants / The Vigilantes 4:27
6.La Crève De Faim / Starvation 2-Step 3:06
7.Patoutville 2:30
8.Poché Bridge 2:41
9.Mes Enfants / My Children 3:43
10.Heat Lightning / Éclairs De Chaleur 3:33
11.Pointe Aux Chênes / Oak Point 3:35



  • Steve Riley – accordion, vocals
  • David Greely – fiddle, tenor sax
  • Kevin Dugas – drums
  • Roddie Romero – electric guitar
  • Kyle Hebert – electric bass



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. 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.



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