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Buckwheat ZydecoAudio CD
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'Jackpot!' combines soulful original tunes, inspired playing and singing, and the trademark exuberance that's made him the world's best-loved zydeco artist, and has earned Buckwheat Zydeco the sobriquet "the world's greatest party band." There's plenty of Buckwheat's signature accordion, and for the first time ever Buck specifically features his soulful mastery of the horizontal keyboard on a three-song Hammond B3 'Encore featuring Organic Buckwheat'. Tomorrow. 2005.


A master accordionist, but his first love is the Hammond B-3, which he displays to great effect on "Jackpot!" -- The New Yorker 5/25/05

Buck has never sounded better than he does on Jackpot! Buck has tapped into the passionate party vibe. -- 6/7/05

Buck has never sounded betterFrom beginning to end, Buck throws it down, delivering the ultimate nonstop party ride. -- Offbeat Magazine June 2005

Everybody's a winner as Buckwheat Zydeco hits the "Jackpot!" (A) bouncy blast of good-time shuffles and boogie-woogie tunes. B+ -- Philadelphia Daily News/Knight Ridder 6/7/05

The band's back on track with their first studio album in eight years. Rejuvenated, they let the good times roll. -- Providence Journal 6/2/05

From the Artist

"It was great to get back in the studio with a batch of new song ideas and my band," Dural notes. The band contains longtime stalwart, Lee Allen Zeno, on bass and vocals; the legendary Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal, and Olivier Scoazec, lead guitars; Buckwheat's son Sir Reginald Master Dural on rubboard and vocals; Gerard St. Julien on drums; and Curtis Watson, trumpet. Catherine Russell, who tours regularly with the likes of David Bowie and Jackson Brown, provides background vocals.

"I've been playing my new B3 onstage for a while now, stretching out during encores, and for these sessions we pulled the organ back into the zydeco tunes while branching out in some new directions," Dural adds.

Longtime manager and co-producer Ted Fox says that "In many ways this record feels like a fresh new start for us, like when we did our first major label release, On A Night Like This, back in the mid-'80s. Jackpot! totally captures Buckwheat Zydeco's unique sound, which has only gotten more powerful and impressive during the last couple of decades. I don't think anyone else is playing like this."

About the Artist

With his new album, Jackpot!, zydeco maestro Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr. has once again taken matters into his own hands. And we're not just talking about his mastery of the piano accordion or the Hammond B3 organ. The well-known leader of Buckwheat Zydeco is the first zydeco artist signed to a major record label, the first zydeco artist to perform on a national television show, the first zydeco artist to release a children's album, the first zydeco artist to launch his own record label, and the first zydeco artist to win an Emmy award. Now the Bayou's barnstorming bandleader is back with Jackpot!- his first studio disc since the acclaimed, Trouble, in 1997. Jackpot! is just the latest achievement in the four-time Grammy nominee's stellar career. Dural's unsurpassed artistry and tireless touring have taken the Bayou State native's Creole-French rave-ups and soulful breakdowns to new heights worldwide. The band plays a long list of high-profile gigs year in and year out, and their music can be heard in a slew of major motion pictures and television shows. Onstage and in the studio, Buckwheat has collaborated with a who's who of musicians, including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, U2, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Mavis Staples and Los Lobos' David Hidalgo. The bandleader was born in 1947 in Lafayette, La. He began his professional career as an R&B sideman, playing keyboards for the likes of Joe Tex, Barbara Lynn and Gatemouth Brown, and lead his own R&B band, Buckwheat and the Hitch-hikers.

By the mid-'70s zydeco and Cajun music gained appreciation as treasured cultural resources. Dural was offered a gig playing organ with the late, great Clifton Chenier. After three years of touring, recording and accordion apprenticeship, he left in 1979 to lead his own group, Buckwheat Zydeco and the Ils Sont Partis Band. Dural attracted the attention of music journalist Ted Fox, who became his manager and co-producer. In 1987, Fox arranged Buckwheat's signing with Island Records. The band performed at both of President Clinton's inaugurals, and Buck was featured on the Closing Ceremonies of the Atlanta Summer Olympics. Buckwheat Zydeco has also made numerous appearances on national television shows such as Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show and the CBS Morning News. With the release of Buckwheat Zydeco: Down Home Live! in 2001, Dural showed on his first-ever live album what a powerful and dynamic musician and performer he is. As Blues Access said: "The good-natured energy that literally pops off of this disc immediately makes you wish you had been at El Sid O's to witness the show in personit's impossible to resist being caught up in the sheer sense of fun and release that Buckwheat Zydeco: Down Home Live! draws you into." Jackpot! will no doubt generate new reviews like those that have followed the band's recorded work and concert appearances. Anyone seeking the essence of zydeco music as seen through the prism of rock, soul and jazz will certainly feel that they've hit the Jackpot!

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