My guest today is Mr. Zachary Richard. Songwriter, performer, poet, activist. Zachary is like a "Cajun- renaissance" man, who has never ceased promoting and educating others about the French identity of South Louisiana and his Cajun heritage. Beginning his career in the early 1970’s up to now- with almost 25 albums to his name, Grammy nominations, 3 volumes of poetry and even children's books, he remains a prolific and passionate artist. (And as you’ll hear Zachary has had some great guitarists and musicians in his bands, among them Sonny Landreth and Bill Dillon.)
As you'll hear in this interview, Zachary is also a very soulful singer, and puts his heart into all his lyrics and song ideas.
In this episode, Zachary discusses songwriting, his Cajun heritage, guitars, and we also play a few songs together. This episode of the Riff Raff was recorded in the front parlor of my home in New Orleans, LA on a beautiful day on June 4, 2017.
(photo by Shiho Theriot)
Zachary Richard- Live at Montreal Jazz Festival- (with David Torkanowsky, keys, Yolanda Robinson, BGV, Paul Picard, percussion, Shane Theriot, guitars.)
Zachary's music on Amazon Store
Zachary's music on I- Tunes
NPR interview with Zachary- click here
Zachary's Poetry- click here
Click here for A little guitar solo with Zack-