A dual resident of Louisiana and Canada, Zachary's musical career has awarded him the opportunity to travel around the world. Yet, it's Acadiana that manages to capture his imagination above all other places. Discover how the history of the Acadians has kept his inspiration rooted in South Louisiana.
"The culture of South Louisiana puts a premium on enjoying life."
"Youre encouraged by this culture to enjoy and celebrate life, to dance, to sing, to play and to share with your friends and family. More so, I think, than other places I have been."
"I have always been attached to this place and lived here. I have traveled the world and been fortunate to visit other places but I have always come back. This place nourishes me in a way no other place has ever done and its not just about the place. Although the place is beautiful, theres a natural landscape-the marsh, swamp and oak trees and all these beautiful aspects of the natural environment-but what really is important to me are the people that inhabit the space and the history that we have as a community."
"From the deported Acadians to the African slaves to the Anglo Americans to the Irish to the English to the Germans to all these ethnic communities which came and somehow intermingle to create this absolute unique culture is something that has really meant a lot to me and I come back to drink at that well constantly."
"It really comes down to the relationships you have with the people who are closest to you and how you live that experience. We are encouraged in this culture to seek out friendships and to support our families and to enjoy the blessing that we have been given."