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"Life is a tour, and it's all about how you decide to get where you're going… I don't want to ignore the bad things in life, but I want to emphasize the good things. "- Buckwheat Zydeco
Born in Lafayette, La., Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr. played as a session musician before starting his own band, Buckwheat Zydeco. The name stuck to Dural, and the band toured widely. Here, Dural is backstage at FitzGerald's in Illinois, circa 1983.
Dural’s father, Stanley Dural Sr., was also a musician, and pair played together on Sept. 27, 1987. That year, Buckwheat Zydeco got a deal with Island Records for “On a Night Like This,” the first zydeco album from a major label.