Oct 23, 2010 4:35 PM by Andrea Babin
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Cajun singer and songwriter Zachary
Richard (ree-SHARD') is recovering from a stroke but may have to
cancel or postpone a Canadian tour scheduled to start Oct. 29, a
close friend said.
Richard, 60, is making a good comeback from the stroke, which
affected one side of his body but not his voice, Todd Mouton told
The Advertiser newspaper in Lafayette, La.
"The whole thing was so scary," Mouton said. "But we're
excited with his progress. Doctors say he should have about 100
The newspaper reported Friday that Richard suffered the stroke
late Sunday, Oct. 17.
"By Monday afternoon, he was already able to pick up his guitar
and put out a few licks," Mouton said.
He said Richard hopes to make recording dates scheduled early in
"Zach will be back," Mouton said. "He's very confident about
that and what motivates him is his desire to do more writing,
recording, performing and activism for the causes that he loves."
Richard had to slow down on his promotional work for "Le Grand
Gosier," a double-sided single and video produced to help raise
awareness for the many issues facing the people of the Louisiana
Richard received his first recording contract when he was 21 and
has released 20 albums since, recording in both English and French.
He has also published three volumes of poetry.
In 1996, he founded Action Cadienne, a nonprofit organization
dedicated to preserving and promoting the French language and Cajun
culture of Louisiana. Richard is a decorated as a musician and
activist in Louisiana, Canada and France.