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Zachary Richard is been among Cajun music's finest performers during the 1980s and '90s, and this late-'80s session is one of his finest. The 12 tracks include hot versions of "Jolie Blonde," "La Valse de Grande Riviere," and "Ma Petite Fille Est Gone." Richard also demonstrates his country proficiency with a heady cover of Johnny Horton's "The Battle of New Orleans," as well as "Big River" and "Take Me Deep (Song for C)." The Bon Ton Playboys also include outstanding musicians in fiddler Rufus Thibodeaux, saxophonist Pat Breaux, and keyboardist Craig Lege, with Richard doubling on Acadian accordion, harmonica, and acoustic guitar in addition to doing leads. This is alternately spicy and reflective material, providing a good look at Cajun music's past, present, and future.


Born: 08 September 1950 in Scott, LA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Cajun rebel Zachary Richard has been offering his zesty, unique fusion of traditional cajun, zydeco, rock, and New Orleans blues since the early '70s. Though not well-known outside of Louisiana, Canada, and France, Richard, along with Michael Doucet and others, has been a key figure in the revitalization of Cajun music. He has also been a longtime social activist, using his potent song lyrics to promote Cajun pride and solidarity in the face of long-standing injustice and prejudice. This activism...
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