- Buckwheat Zydeco
Infobox musical artist |
Name = Buckwheat Zydeco
Img_capt = Buckwheat playing at the 2006 Festival International de Louisiane.
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Stanley Dural, Jr.
Born = Birth date and age|1947|11|14|mf=y
Years_active = 1971-present
Label = Rounder, Island, Tomorrow Recordings
Buckwheat Zydeco (born Stanley Dural, Jr. on
November 14, 1947) is an American accordionist and zydecoperformer. He is one of the few to achieve mainstream success.
In 1971, he founded Buckwheat & the Hitchhikers, a
funkband that he led for five years before switching to zydeco. He began backing Clifton Chenier, one of the most legendary zydeco performers. He set out on his own with The Ils Sont Partis Band; they debuted with "One for the Road" in 1979 and were nominated for a Grammy Awardfor "Turning Point" and "Ya Ya" (1985) after switching to the Rounder Recordslabel. He soon signed to Island Records, the first zydeco act on a major label, and released "On a Night Like This", a critically acclaimed album that was nominated for a Grammy as well. The band soon appeared in "The Big Easy".
During the 1990s, Buckwheat Zydeco was less commercially successful than before, and switched labels frequently. The band remain a popular live draw, and continue recording. Buckwheat's latest album, "Jackpot!", was released on
June 7, 2005on the Tomorrow Recordingslabel.
An especially powerful and haunting version of the Classic "Cryin' in the Streets" appears on the Benefit album for
Hurricane Katrinarecovery, "Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast".
*"On a Night Like This" (first released in 1987, LP: Island ILPS 9877, CD: Island CID 9877, 1989, CD & cassette: MCA Special Products)
*"Taking It Home" (1988, UK CD release: Island CID 9917)
*"Where There's Smoke There's Fire" (CD;
1990-06-05) — MCA Special Products
*"Buckwheat's Zydeco Party" (CD;
1992-02-14) — Rounder Records
*"Menagerie: The Essential Zydeco Collection" (CD;
1993-01-29) — Mango
*"Choo Choo Boogaloo" (CD;
1994-08-30) — Music Little People
*"Five Card Stud" (CD; 1994) —
*"Buckwheat Zydeco Story: A 20 Year Party" (CD;
1999-07-06) — Tomorrow Recordings
*"The Ultimate Collection" (CD;
2000-07-18) — Hip-O Records
*"Trouble" (CD; 1997) — Tomorrow Recordings
*"Down Home Live" (CD;
2001-04-24) — Tomorrow Recordings
2003-10-14) — Rounder Records
2005-06-07) — Tomorrow Recordings
* [http://www.buckwheatzydeco.com/ Official Site]
* [http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:4sr928gc055a Buckwheat Zydeco] at
Chicago Blues Festival
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