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Buckwheat Zydeco: Lay Your Burden Down

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2009 marks Stanley “Buckwheat Zydeco" Dural's thirtieth anniversary in the business and his debut for Chicago's homegrown blues-roots label Alligator Records. Buckwheat expresses his own voice on this debut mostly through songs written by many different composers, from Memphis Minnie through Captain Beefheart to Bruce Springsteen and others. He also reunites with producer Steve Berlin, who produced Dural's acclaimed Five Card Stud (Island, 1994) and plays in and leads Burden's horn section.

Sonny Landreth laces the opening “When ...

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Buckwheat Zydeco: Down Home Live

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In the twelve or so years that have lapsed since I listened to a Buckwheat Zydeco record, it is comforting to know that the group is still going strong, and yet no wonder. Convincing evidence to their momentum can be heard in their latest release on Tomorrow Recordings, Down Home Live. Down Home Live, a Thanksgiving performance recorded at El Sid O’s Zydeco & Blues Club in Lafayette, Louisiana, is Buckwheat Zydeco’s first (no kidding) live recording, a concoction of ...

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Buckwheat Zydeco: The Buckwheat Zydeco Story: A 20-Year Party

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This retrospective offers catchy, danceable tunes from one of Louisiana’s most compelling performers. Stanley Dural Jr. (alias Buckwheat Zydeco) ranks as the best-selling zydeco artist of all time. Hard to believe that he once wanted no part of zydeco.Son of an accomplished Creole accordian player, Dural first made his mark in the ‘70s as a piano and organ player in various blues and R&B bands in his hometown of LaFaytette. Nicknamed Buckwheat because of his unruly hair, Dural ...