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Buckwheat Buoyed By Grammy Win

of the Oakland Press

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The fifth time was the charm for Buckwheat Zydeco at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Zydeco — aka Louisiana musician Stanley Dural Jr. — took home the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album for his 2009 release “Lay Your Burden Down,” which was co-produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin and featured a rash of guests, including Sonny Landreth, JJ Grey and Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and The Dead.

It was Dural’s fifth nomination, and he’s still glowing about the win three weeks later.

“That was just a fantastic experience, man, a real honor,” says Dural, 62, who was actually performing in New Orleans on the night of the awards ceremony. “I drove up to the grocery store to get a Sunkist orange soda — of course a diet Sunkist — and I got a phone call out of New York, ‘Guess what? You got the Grammy!’ and I just dropped my sodas on the floor. It just lit me up like a Christmas tree.”

The award also has Dural — who crafted “Lay Your Burden Down” as a post-Katrina message to his home state — fired up to work on his next projects. He’s been working on a second children’s album, which will feature some of his uptempo material treated “to take them into a different children’s kind of dimension.” He’s also eyeballing a proper followup to “Lay Your Burden Down” and is poring through material that didn’t make the cut on his recent releases.

“When I went in to do the ‘Jackpot!’ CD (in 2005), I went in to do about 13 songs and ... within two weeks, I wound up with 29 songs,” he recalls. “I just started and couldn’t stop. And then we did ‘Lay Your Burden Down,’ and didn’t really use any of those (songs).

“So I want to get back to that to that material, and from that time to now I have some different ideas for the next record. I don’t know where I’m going with it yet, but I’m excited to get crackin’ on it now.”

Buckwheat Zydeco performs at 8 p.m. Monday (Feb. 22) at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $20. Call 734-761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

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