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Louisiana icon and musical legend Buckwheat Zydeco is taking a new path. The band is creating a YouTube video series called Buckwheat’s World.
Buckwheat’s World will be a fresh new way to showcase Buck’s music,present a behind-the-scenes look at the richness and enchanting character of southwest Louisiana culture, and allow fans to get to better know a wonderful character: Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr.
In addition to new, live musical performances from the band, Buckwheat’s World episodes will feature slice-of-life scenes of Buck doing what he does every day. He might be working on one of his vehicles, tending his menagerie of animals, boiling crawfish, hanging out with friends and bandmates, fishing on the bayou, taking care of Buck business. All the things that make up Buckwheat’s World and the lifestyle of Southwestern Louisiana. The initial musical performances will be filmed at Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana with the band playing in the casual setting of the studio’s beautiful pool house overlooking the Vermilion River.
Buckwheat’s World is being shot and directed by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker, celebrated documentary filmmakers who got their start in Louisiana with such classics as “Yeah You Rite!” and “Louisiana Boys—Raised on Politics”. They’ve won two Peabody Awards and kept audiences laughing and thinking with such films as “American Tongues”, “Vote for Me” and “People Like Us”. Their latest film “Getting Back to Abnormal”, about New Orleans politics, will be on the POV series on PBS July 14.
A Kickstarter campaign to fund the project was successfully completed on March 31.
Buckwheat Zydeco also started a new side career as a blogger for the Huffington Post. His first post called, “Mardi Gras Is The Flip Side of the Blues,” posted recently.
Jimmy Fallon, the guy who has dueted with Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Eddie Vedder, President Obama and anyone else he wanted, chose Buckwheat Zydeco to kick off Friday’s final Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show. Fallon takes over “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno on February 17.
Playing “On a Night Like This” from Buckwheat Zydeco’s first Island Records album of the same name, super fan Jimmy Fallon performed alongside Buckwheat Zydeco and The Roots. The show opened “cold” without any announcement except a tight close-up of “Buckwheat” spelled out in jeweled letters on Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural’s accordion. Buckwheat and Jimmy traded vocals on Buckwheat Zydeco’s cover of this little known Bob Dylan tune. Jimmy rocked out on a red guitar, and the two played out the song with a rousing instrumental throw down.
Jimmy said he wanted Buckwheat Zydeco’s appearance on his last show to be a surprise. He introduced and thanked Buckwheat from his desk after the performance, and displayed the band’s latest, Grammy-winning Alligator Records album, “Lay Your Burden Down”.
“Man we had a blast,” said Dural. “It was such an honor to be a part of this. It’s history! And Jimmy and The Roots couldn’t have been nicer. It felt like our home away from home.”
BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO’S BAYOU BOOGIE Buck’s back with his first new kids’ album in 15 years! Order now from Amazon.com Buckwheat Zydeco’s Bayou Boogie is out now on the Music For Little People label. This family dance party collection from the bayous of Southwest Louisiana also features children’s music superstars Laurie Berkner and Dan Zanes. Buckwheat Zydeco’s Bayou Boogie is the long-awaited follow up to Buck’s 1994 beloved children’s album, Choo Choo Boogaloo. That recording won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and received a Parents’ Choice “Approval” rating as well as 5 Stars (Top rating) on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, and Epinions.com. Offbeat says: “Like it’s predecessor, Bayou Boogie is a joyous blast of zydeco, funk and R&B that teaches kids about the heritage and instruments of zydeco while inspiring the whole family to get up and dance.” Just as Buck is so well known for in his legendary live shows: smoking accordion, rocking Hammond B3 organ, rollicking rub board and sizzling guitar licks join together on this recording to create a musical gumbo of Creole culture that can almost be smelled and tasted. Buck guides children and parents through a rollicking mix of some of the most family-friendly classic rock ‘n’ roll tunes and great original songs performed in a Zydeco style as only Buckwheat Zydeco can. The result is a rich tribute to this unique melting pot of American culture. Buckwheat Zydeco’s Bayou Boogie is designed to introduce children to a fun time at Buck’s place on the bayou, and it kicks into high gear with the joyous “We’re Having a Party.” Buck and friends get kids into a festive mood with good-time boogie classics like “Barefootin’” and “Walking the Dog,” and Buck and guests all put their right feet in on “Hokey Pokey.” Buck’s own “The Mice Ate My Rice” and “Ripsy Dipsy” prove that nothing stops him from having a good time, even when “Everything Hurts.” The celebration ends as happily as it started with “The Party’s Over.” “Children are our future and our treasure,” says Buck. “Nothing makes me happier than seeing kids have a good time, and I’m so proud to be able to introduce them to my musical roots and get them boogying to the sounds of Zydeco music.”