March 16, 1993 |
Cajun musicians are commonly assumed to come in one of two stereotypical packages. There's the wild man of the swamps epitomized by Doug Kershaw--eyes bugging, feet stomping, voice box yee-hawing as he does his best to come off as a fellow who may at one time have wrassled with alligators. Then there is the folk-traditionalist, the serious preserver of Cajun songs passed down from people who played on front porches and at community dances. Zachary Richard doesn't fit either description.
March 19, 1993 |
Zachary Richard led a save-the-fragile-Cajun-culture campaign at the Coach House on Wednesday, but for all his informed song introductions and stories about what inspired various tunes, Richard (who also appears at the Troubadour tonight) only intermittently displayed the poetic talent to get his point across. As a lyricist, he aspires to be Cajun music's Tennessee Williams or William Faulkner, writing about the richness of his people and their land.
March 3, 1989 |
Accordionist Zachary Richard once was known as the "bad boy of Cajun music." Now he's trying to be its good example. A long-time crusader for the preservation of the French culture and language from which Louisiana's Cajun communities sprang, the 38-year-old Richard (pronounced Ree-SHARD) earned a reputation for stridence in his campaign, both on stage and off. It had a particular intensity in the mid-'70s when Richard returned to his Lafayette, La.
June 23, 1990 |
Zachary Richard, typically prone to long, winding dissertations when queried about his two favorite subjects--himself and his music--on odd occasion waxes succinct. "Basically, I'm just a French pop singer," he says. And his offbeat yet accessible blend of Cajun rock, he says, boils down to simply "Southern Louisiana dance music." Not bad, as thesis statements go.
December 24, 1992 |
Created as an audio companion to a new coffee table photography book with the same name, this new compilation just may be the single best introduction one can get to the uniquely joyful indigenous music of Southwestern Louisiana. Represented are such seminal names as fiddlers Dennis McGee, Canray Fontenot and Dewey Balfa, tradition-minded Cajun accordionists Marc Savoy and Steve Riley, zydeco kingpins Clifton Chenier and Boozoo Chavis and modern-day innovators Beausoleil and Zachary Richard.
November 4, 1993 |
Sonny Landreth makes good on the title of his debut solo album by digging his heels deep into the rich musical soil of his native Louisiana. As a guitarist, he found himself in front of pop audiences touring with John Hiatt in recent years. Before that, he had played with Zachary Richard, one of the preeminent Cajun rockers.