Buckwheat Zydeco’s Lay Your Burden Down Wins Grammy Award

At last night’s Grammy Award Program Alligator recording artists Buckwheat Zydeco received an Award for Lay Your Burden Down in the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album category. This is their first Grammy Award.

Produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, Lay Your Burden Down is the most ambitious, deepest and most varied recording of Buckwheat Zydeco’s career. Fusing zydeco’s rhythmic energy with rock, R&B and funk, Lay Your Burden Down features five new Buckwheat originals and six complete reinventions of songs by Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Gov’t Mule, Captain Beefheart, Jimmy Cliff, and JJ Grey & Mofro.

Guests on the album include Sonny Landreth, Warren Haynes, Steve Berlin, JJ Grey, and Trombone Shorty.

Lay Your Burden Down is sure to move your feet, your head, and your heart.

1) When The Levee Breaks
(Joe McCoy, MPL Music Publ. obo Edwin H. Morris & Co.,ASCAP) (5:15)
2) The Wrong Side
(JJ Grey, JJ Grey Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI) (4:28)
3) Let Your Yeah Be Yeah
(James B. Chambers, Universal Songs of Polygram Intl. Inc.,BMI) (3:37)
4) Don’t Leave Me
(Stanley Dural, Jr. & Ted Fox, Dural Music, BMI) (4:45)
5) Back In Your Arms
(Bruce Springsteen, ASCAP) (4:29)
6) Throw Me Something, Mister
(Stanley Dural, Jr.,Dural Music, BMI) (3:56)
7) Lay Your Burden Down
(Warren Haynes & Michael Barbiero, Buzzard Rock Music admin. by Cherry Lane Music, BMI/Ring Bearer Music Ltd.,ASCAP) (5:22)
8) Time Goes By
(Stanley Dural, Jr. & Ted Fox, Dural Music, BMI) (4:06)
9) Ninth Place
(Stanley Dural, Jr. & Ted Fox, Dural Music, BMI) (3:23)
10) Too Much Time
(Don Van Vliet, Kama Sutra Music, Inc.,BMI) (2:58)
11) Finding My Way Back Home
(Stanley Dural, Jr., Dural Music, BMI) (4:40)

Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr.: Accordion, Hammond B3 organ, synth keyboard, lead vocals and background vocals
Lee Allen Zen Bass and background vocals
Sir Reginald Master Dural: Rubboard and background vocals
Kevin Menard: Drums
Olivier Scoazec: Guitar
Michael Melchione: Guitar
Curtis Watson: Trumpet

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews: Trombone
Steve Berlin: Baritone sax
JJ Grey: Background vocal and Wurlitzer piano on “The Wrong Side”
Warren Haynes: Guitar on “Lay Your Burden Down”
Sonny Landreth: Guitar on “When The Levee Breaks” and “The Wrong Side”

About Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr.
Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr. was born in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1947. Never a traditional zydeco fan when growing up, Buckwheat nonetheless accepted an invitation in 1976 to join Clifton Chenier’s Red Hot Louisiana Band as organist. He quickly discovered the joy and power of zydeco music, and marveled at the effect the music had on the audience.

“Everywhere, people young and old just loved zydeco music,” Buckwheat says. Buckwheat’s relationship with the legendary Chenier led him to take up the accordion in 1978. After woodshedding for a year, he felt ready to start his own band under the name Buckwheat Zydeco, and began his recording career with the small Blues Unlimited label. Recordings for Black Top and Rounder followed before Buckwheat befriended New York-based journalist Ted Fox, who championed Buckwheat to Chris Blackwell at Island Records in 1986. Buckwheat Zydeco signed a five-record deal and Fox became and still remains his manager. The success of these records kept Buckwheat Zydeco on the road and in constant demand.

As even more doors opened, Buckwheat found himself sharing stages and/or recording with Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, David Hidalgo, Dwight Yoakam, Paul Simon, Ry Cooder and many others, including indie music stalwarts Yo La Tengo on the soundtrack to the Bob Dylan bio-pic, I’m Not There. as theme music for the program’s 10th anniversary “Pardi Gras” season. He even wrote and performed the theme music for the PBS television series Pierre Franey’s Cooking In America. Buckwheat won an Emmy for his music in the CBS TV movie, Pistol Pete: The Life And Times Of Pete Maravich. Buckwheat Zydeco has played just about every major music festival in the world, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (numerous times), Newport Folk Festival, Summerfest, San Diego Street Scene, Bumbershoot, Montreaux Jazz Festival and countless others.

During the 1990s and 2000s 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.

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