Kevin Wimmer and Steve Riley
Kevin Wimmer at 2005 Festivals Acadiens
Click here to go to the
Official Web Site of the Racines. Or
go to the
band's MySpace page.
Note: In late 2007, The Racines' CD was nominated
to receive a Grammy Award in the newly established Best Zydeco
or Cajun Music Album category.
The Racines are a Cajun
super group that, as their name says, play "roots" music.
The Racines perform at
special events like Lafayette's Festival International when all
of the members are in town. Members include Steve Riley (of the Mamou Playboys and Lil' Band O' Gold), Kevin Wimmer (Balfa
Toujours, Red Stick Ramblers), Chris Stafford (Feufollet), Mitch
Reed (BeauSoleil, Charivari, among several bands), and Glenn Fields (Red
Most of the photos on this page were taken April
24, 2005, at Festival International. The young fans shown below
were cheering when Chris Stafford sang.
As the photo further down the page shows,
many in the crowd also danced in front of the stage.
The Racines don't have an opportunity to
get together that often, but when they do it's a real treat for
Fortunately for the many fans who haven't
been able to see them perform live, in September 2006, the Racines
released a CD on the Swallow label featuring outstanding
performances of classic Cajun, Creole, zydeco, and swamp blues songs.
Kevin Wimmer has lead vocals, with Steve
Riley sometimes adding harmony, on "Chère Bébé," "Johnnie Billie
Goat," "Gone to the Country" (by Ambrose Sam), "Horse with No
Shoes," "Mon coeur fait p'us mal," and – in the Racines'
seven-minute take-no-prisoners rendition that by itself is worth
the price of the CD – Clifton Chenier's "My Baby She's Gone."
Steve Riley has lead vocals on Nathan
Abshire's "Gabrielle," "Café Chaud," Dewey Balfa's "Drunkards'
Waltz," and "I Hear You Knockin'" (the J.D. Miller
song first recorded by Lazy Lester).
For fans of twin-fiddling, this CD could
be nirvana: four twin fiddle medleys with Mitch Reed and Kevin
Wimmer going back to the deep roots of Cajun music – the
fiddling of Dennis McGee and Sady Courville. Included are "Marcantel
Reel / Reel de Coquin," "Reel Perdu / Frugé's Reel," "Reel de Crapaud / Reel Fâché," "Mazurka / Guilbeau Pelican / Waltz
Finished in the Corner of the House."
The CD concludes with an instrumental,
Kevin Wimmer and Mitch Reed
The photo immediately above was taken at 2005 Festivals Acadiens.