For his presence in everything from pop music to movie scores, being the first zydeco artist on a major label, winning a Grammy award, performing at the 1996 Summer Olympics and President Bill Clinton’s inaugural festivities, and for sharing a part of his culture with the world, today, we celebrate Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. of Buckwheat Zydeco on what would have been his 69th Birthday. An accordionist, organist, singer and songwriter, he championed traditional southwest Louisiana Creole dance music on the world stage and inspired a generation of younger players by demonstrating that zydeco music could take them around the world.
Artists from disciplines ranging from rock to country sought him out to collaborate including Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, and Eric Clapton. He shared stages with everyone from U2 to the Boston Pops. People Magazine once described Buckwheat as “A propulsive, rollicking, swamp-boogie joy ride.” When Buckwheat and his crew rolled up to Infinity Hall to record a concert for us in 2012, we understood what they were talking about. Music truly is what made Buckwheat happy and he spread his contemporary style of creole music to audiences around the globe. For over 35 years he brought us music but mostly he brought us joy. Buckwheat Zydeco passed away on September 24th but today Infinity Hall Live celebrates his life and all of that joy his music has brought us.