A Cajun-Folk Extravaganza

Zachary Richard sounds a bit like Jackson Browne meets Springsteen, except the music is in French. Believe it or not, Richard is American born and raised. However, he does have a long history of Cajun roots. Richard has not hit the main stream stateside, though he seems to be popular in French-Canada and France. So, I thought it would be great to feature some of his songs. They are heartfelt and emotional. Here are some live performance videos (they are 20 or so megs each, but the image size is quite small): Cap Enrage and La Ballade de Jean Batailleur

I have no idea what he is singing about. If you speak French, let me know. Anyway, I think that he really deserves to have his sound heard. Know of other regional greats (from anywhere in the world)? let me know.

Related Tags: Zachary Richard, Cajun, Cajun Music, music

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2 thoughts on “A Cajun-Folk Extravaganza

  1. Zachary Richard, popular in French Canada ? You bet ! He’s famous since the 1970’s ! When he got back to the USA in the 1980’s for recording in English, we had the feeling we were losing something ! When he gets back in Quebec in the 1990’s, we welcome our good friend ! He made then two beautiful records : Cap enragé, Coeur fidèle. In the 1970’s, he was twice on a Quebec’s label and the other albums were made for Columbia-Canada. If Zachary is still a cajun today, I don’t think the recent albums were cajun music. For that, go see the 1970’s albums, with mandolin, the squeeze box and the fiddle ! What he’s singing about ? To be honest, it’s hard to understand all the words of his songs, because his French is some kind of…. hmmmm, say very slang local Louisiana kind of French. But, in general, Zachary is singing about people, modest people. Sometimes, some of his songs were about cajun life, cajun legends. We don’t love him for the words of his songs, but for his soul, his sincerity.
    That’s all !
    Merci bien et salutations !
    Mario Bergeron, Trois-Rivieres, Québec, Canada

  2. isabelle says:

    si vous voulez comprendre les mots cadiens , reportez-vous à un dictionnaire en ligne Français Cadien(lexilogos par ex).
    Pour ma part j’ai redécouvert Zachary assez tardivement(pas trop de presse en France),je suis folle de lui et de ses chansons! J’aime ses prises de positions sur l’équilibre écologique de notre planète et sa fierté d’être cadien.

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