What to expect
Hailing from Louisiana where the band has been cooking up delicious melodies for the past two decades, frontman Steve Riley says he’ll treat Saturday’s audience to a heaping helping of home-cooked tunes off its latest album, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2011 under the category of Best Regional Roots Music Album.
“We’ll be doing a lot of music from our latest CD, Grand Isle” said the laidback Riley, 43, of Louisiana. “We’ll be singing mostly in French. It’s dance music, so there will be a lot of dancing.”
A staple of Cajun music is the accordion.
“The accordion is king down here,” beamed Riley, who mans the instrument in the band. “I grew up hearing accordion music in my grandparents’ home on the weekends.”
He added, “I’ve always liked the sound; it’s a powerful, rhythmic instrument.”
‘Grand Isle’ and staying power
Riley credits the success of “Grand Isle” to his pal CC Adcock, who produced the album. Adcock motivated The Playboys to assume the role of scientists on the project, perhaps more so than any of the group’s previous albums, Riley said.
“He’s really good about getting good tones and having each song have a very unique, individual character,” Riley explained.
As far as the success of the band, Riley mainly attributes that to diligence and passion.
“I think we just love what we do, man. I just love what I do,” Riley said. “I think The Playboys are one of the premier bands in our genre of music. We love what we do and what work hard at it.”
Nothing but love
Whether performing in his home state or outside of it, the frontman loves how the response his Cajun band gets never changes.
“This music gets good reception everywhere we play, all over the world,” Riley said. “I think people are intrigued with Louisiana culture. It’s one of the riches cultures in the world.”
And while The Playboys’ music has a magnetic effect on its listeners, Riley admitted the best way to experience Cajun culture is to get up close and personal with it.
“The one thing that I noticed from traveling outside of Louisiana is people here are very real and we live close to the bone and are very soulful,” he explained. “I don’t think you can really experience, truly, who we are unless you come down here.”