Allons - Introduction of the Accordion
Posted: August 29, 2014
Zacharys musical influences are undeniably founded in American folk. But as his career progressed, he became interested in incorporating instruments unique to his Acadian roots. A trip to Eunice to visit legendary Cajun accordion maker Marc Savoy opened his eyes to a world of inspiration that would bring him even closer to the Southern Louisiana culture that drives his passion. "I am a singer songwriter in an American folk tradition and that has not changed at all from the beginning to now. I think I write better songs now than I did 40 years ago, hopefully. But in terms of the direction the music and what I actually do, thats never changed." "Where it became confusing for me and a lot of other people is when I discovered the accordion. I started playing folk rock music before I really knew anything about Cajun music. When I got the deal with Electra I had some money left over from the advance. I went and bought myself a room full of guitars and I had some money left over. I went to see Marc Savoy in Eunice because I heard there was someone making accordions. I was intrigued by this because this was back to the roots." "I went to see Marc Savoy and I saw this beautiful Brazilian Rosewood accordion. I said, Wow how much is that? Marc said, You cant have that. So I said, Why not? And he said, You cant have that. So I guess I wore him down and he finally sold the thing to me." "I had a tone arm on an Aldus roger record cause his records are in perfect pitch. Some of the other ones are a little funky. Id play a lick and take off the tone arm and tried to figure it out. It took me a long time but I was finally able to play la porte arrire. I played for my grandmother just before I went to New York to record the album. She said I am proud of you maybe youll get a good job." "But this accordion opened up this entire world of traditional Cajun music which I had been aware of but only remotely and the power of this tradition swept me along."