In Cajun French, “racines” means roots, the live oak roots of Southwest Louisiana in particular. Racines, a band of young Cajun masters, draws its inspiration from the music of the region and with this fine CD presents a loving tribute to its pioneers. The quintet is comprised of Steve Riley who got his start as a teenager learning from and playing with Dewey Balfa. He now plays accordion and fiddle with his band The Mamou Playboys. Fiddler Kevin Wimmer also got his start with Mr. Dewey and along with drummer Glenn Fields plays with the Red Stick Ramblers. Fiddler and bassist Mitch Reed has patterned his playing on the fiddle style of Dennis McGee and presently plays bass with Beausoleil. Guitarist Chris Stafford, despite his young age has been a much sought after player and founded the talented band Feufollet. The selections on Racines draw from the classic Cajun repertoire but also included are Zydeco, Creole and Blues influences creating a mighty tasty gumbo of Bayou sounds. Released in 2006, 15 tracks.