Songs of the Expatriates: Richard Thompson & Zachary Richard


December 18th, 2013 ~ This week on American Routes, we'll talk to the beloved electric and eclectic, folk rocker songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson. An advocate for British lyric and music tradition in new settings with refashioned traditional songs and stories like "Matty Groves" and "Tam Lin," Thompson evolved from playing in the seminal late 1960s English folk-rock band, Fairport Convention to his present day role as an in-demand guitarist and songwriter. Now based in Los Angeles, Richard's career of memorable songs and epicure guitar is heard in a variety of genres from Cajun and country to rock and pop. Thompson's iconic songs include "Meet on the Ledge," "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," "Dimming of the Day" and "Tear Stained Letter." Among the artists who have recorded his work are Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, Del McCoury and R.E.M.
Then we'll visit with accordion-man Zachary Richard about growing up in French-speaking South Louisiana but needing to go to France and Quebec to realize the significance of the Cajun culture into which he was born. Zachary Richard's 40-year career reflects new ways with old Cajun waltzes and two steps, the R & B glow of near by New Orleans, American folk rock mixed with swamp pop, and elegiac new songs that draw on continental French, Quebecois and Acadian sources. Richard's recent "Le Fou" may be the first Americana record made largely in the French of his homeland: South Louisiana's Cajun country.

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  • Open Bed: Salford Sunday Richard Thompson
    Electric, Beeswing
  • Come All Ye Fairport Convention
    Liege and Lief, Island
  • Sur le Point de Lyon Beausoleil with Richard Thompson
    Bayou Deluxe, Rhino
  • On Top of Old Smoky Roscoe Holcomb
    The High Lonesome Sound, Smithsonian Folkways
  • Forbidden Lovers Lefty Frizzell
    Look What Thoughts Will Do, Columbia
  • Instrumental: On Top Of Old Smokey Grant Green
    Goin' West, Blue Note
  • Lovin' Up a Storm Jerry Lee Lewis
    Sun Classics, Charly
  • Sittin' On Top of the World Howlin' Wolf
    The London Sessions, MCA
  • Rock Island Line Lonnie Donegan
    The Singles Anthology 1955-1967, CMETD
  • SEGMENT: Richard Thompson
  • Instrumental: Sunset Song Richard Thompson
    Sweet Warrior, Beeswing
  • Wreck of the Carlos Rey Los Lobos
    The Ride, Hollywood
  • Handsome Molly Mick Jagger
    Wandering Spirit, Atlantic
  • Dimming of the Day Bonnie Raitt
    The Best of Bonnie Raitt on Capitol 1989-2003, Capitol
  • 1952 Vincent Black Lightning Del McCoury Band
    Del and the Boys, Ceili
  • End Bed: Take Care the Road You Choose Richard Thompson
    Sweet Warrior, Beeswing
  • Open Bed: Laisse le vent souffler Zachary Richard
    Le Fou, Avalanche
  • Sweet Sweet Zachary Richard
    Le Fou, Avalanche
  • J'ai vu le loup le renard et la belette Balfa Brothers
    J'ai vu le loup le renard et la belette, Rounder
  • Acadian Driftwood The Band
    Northern Lights - Southern Cross, Capitol
  • Balfa et Grand Bois Coteau
    Highly Seasoned Cajun Music, Rounder
  • No French No More Zachary Richard
    Women in the Room, A&M
  • Les Flammes d'Enfer Richard Thompson
    Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music, Vanguard
  • Instrumental: Acadian Two-Step Coteau
    Highly Seasoned Cajun Music, Rounder
  • SEGMENT: Zachary Richard
  • Let the Four Winds Blow Fats Domino
    Out of New Orleans, Bear Family
  • Femme l'a Dit FeuFollet
    Cow Island Hop, Valcour
  • Instrumental: Frog Legs Clifton Chenier
    Bon Ton Roulet, Arhoolie
  • Rosa Majeur Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Band
    Zydeco, GNP Crescendo
  • Sweet Little Doll Clifton Chenier
    Bon Ton Roulet, Arhoolie
  • Bon Soir Moreau Canray Fontenot
    Louisiana Hot Sauce Creole Style, Arhoolie
  • I Got Loaded The Wood Brothers
    The Muse, Southern Ground
  • End Bed: Cow Island Hop Feufollet
    Cow Island Hop, Valcour