American musical legend Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr. - along with his band, Buckwheat Zydeco, one of the greatest party bands in America - is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music. 2009 marked Buckwheat Zydeco's 30th anniversary, and Buckwheat celebrated with the release of his Grammy Award-winning CD (and Alligator Records debut), Lay Your Burden Down. This Grammy Award was the band's first, although it had previously been nominated five times in three different categories.
Over the course of 30 years, Buckwheat Zydeco has gigged with everyone from Eric Clapton (with whom Buckwheat also recorded) and U2 to The Boston Pops. The band has performed at just about every major music festival in the world and even performed at the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics to a worldwide audience of three billion people. Buckwheat even performed for President Clinton twice, celebrating both of his inaugurations. The band has appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman, CNN, The Today Show, MTV, NBC News, CBS Morning News, and many other TV programs. Buckwheat's music has also been featured in films ranging from The Water Boy and The Big Easy to Fletch Live and Hard Target.
During the '90s and '00s, Buckwheat recorded for his own Tomorrow Recordings label and maintained an extensive touring schedule. Along with his remarkably talented band, he brings his music to fans all over the world. Now, with his new relationship with the Alligator label and Lay Your Burden Down, his massive instrumental and vocal talents, and his boundless energy, Buckwheat, already the most popular zydeco artist in the world, will find the largest and most enthusiastic audience of his long and storied career.
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