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Re: Cleoma Falcon Created a got dam Maelstrom

Greezy, your continued efforts to discredit Steve Riley seem to overlook the unalterable facts that he grew up in charmed environment.

Steve credits cousin Marc Savior as his principal infuence on the accordion. Other influences certainly came later not so much by listening to records, but by actually performing in the bands of legendary players as a youngster. Playing drums, guitar, fiddle, and accordion, he participated in - not just listened to - the music of Dewey Balfa, Octa Clark, Hadley Casteel, and others, in his late teens, live on stage. Denus McGee and Sady Courville jammed frequently at grand-pere Burke Guillory's house with Steve often present. He sat on the lap of more masters than most can name.

Such experience cannot be compared to the upbringing of the average player, most of whom were limited to only a few direct personal influences and the recordings of others. Hadley Casteel told me that he hired Steve at age 16 "because he was THAT GOOD."

Steve Riley is the product of a fairy-tale existence, so tempered at a young age by various masters of the art, that his skill allowed him to eagerly embrace the music of others, such as Walter Mouton, Belton Richard and Adam Hebert, to satisfy his constant thirst to further exploit and improve his own musical mastery.

If playing another artist's lick is a sin, then Cajun music is hell-bound.

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