Just in time for Mardi Gras 2000-a 19-track anthology from one of New Orleans' great Cajun artists! This deliciously diverse collection includes signature songs like Fil+ª Gumbo; Cap Enrag+ª , and Crawfish ; traditional tunes like Ma Louisianne; Bon Temps Rouler , and Flammes de'Enfer , and the unissued Six Bullets in Satan . The only Zachary Richard "best-of" around!
Zachary Richard is arguably the missing link connecting Cajun and English-language Louisiana music. He sings and writes in both French and English, two-steps like a rocker, and is equally comfortable on accordion and guitar. He's sort of a bayou Bruce Springsteen, too: in addition to belting out dance tunes based on such traditional local topics as filé gumbo, letting the bons temps roulet, and crawfish, he's capable of heartfelt songs about emotional anguish, poverty, and the great white French-Canadian north. This CD--on which he's accompanied by such musical friends as fiddler Michael Doucet, pianist Dr. John, and slide guitarist Sonny Landreth--distills the cream of his 14-album career, including an early-'70s folk track from his previously lost first album. --Richard Gehr