There is an excellent article by Dege Legg about the new CD by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Grand Isle, in The (Lafayette) Independent. It talks about Grand Isle as ‘outside the box’ in Cajun music. It’s the third collaboration between the band and CC Adcock, musician and producer. Adcock’s something of a ‘bad boy’ in south Louisiana. His sound is much more rock-related than traditional, which infuriates those who want to keep Cajun music in a museum. There’s a lot of talk and writing about tradition versus innovation, so I won’t repeat all that here. Dewey Balfa is credited with saying that Cajun music can’t stay alive without both its roots and its branches. And read down to the end for a short, hilarious interview with Riley.
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