Norfolk, CT – American musical legend Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. – along with his band, Buckwheat Zydeco – is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music. Buckwheat Zydeco is on tour to promote their latest release, LAY YOUR BURDEN DOWN, and will perform in Norfolk at Infinity Hall on February 11, 2010 at 8pm.
Tickets range from $35-$55, and can be purchased by visiting 866-666-6306 or www.infinityhall.com.
LAY YOUR BURDEN DOWN was recently nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Zydeco or Cajun Album category (the winner will be announced on January 31, 2010), and Dural was awarded a Most Outstanding Musician Award in the 2009 Living Blues Critics’ Poll. Louisiana vocalist, accordion and organ master Dural recorded LAY YOUR BURDEN DOWN at Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana with Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) producing, as well as leading the horn section.
The album is the most ambitious, deepest and varied recording of Buckwheat Zydeco’s career. It is a remarkably conceived, rocking album featuring five new Buckwheat originals and complete reinventions of songs by Memphis Minnie (When The Levee Breaks, made famous by Led Zeppelin), Bruce Springsteen (Back In Your Arms), Gov’t Mule (Lay Your Burden Down), Captain Beefheart (Too Much Time), Jimmy Cliff (Let Your Yeah Be Yeah) and JJ Grey & Mofro (The Wrong Side). Guests on the album include Sonny Landreth, Warren Haynes, Steve Berlin, JJ Grey and Trombone Shorty. In this, Buckwheat’s first post-Katrina album, Louisiana’s life-affirming jazz funeral philosophy of renewal – partying in the face of adversity – is on full display, with joyful, rhythmic dance music and deeper, more intense songs sharing the same celebratory bayou sprit.