Calgary Bluesfest (2008)
Buckwheat Zydeco: The Facts
1999 marks the 20th Anniversary of Buckwheat Zydeco.
Latest LPs: "Trouble" released on Buckwheat Zydeco's own label, Tomorrow Recordings, in January 1999 (originally released in May 1997 by Mesa/Atlantic Records) distributed in the U.S. by Alternative Distribution Alliance, and a children's record: "Choo Choo Boogaloo" released by the Music For Little People label, in Aug. 1994.
Performed Buck's version of "Jambalaya" on the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta to a worldwide audience of 3 BILLION PEOPLE... And 17,000 crazed athletes in the stadium.
Opened and closed President Clinton's second Innaugural in January 1997. We played the first Innaugural, too.
Played the Democratic National Committee's 150th Birthday celebration at Union Station, hosted by Vice President and Mrs. Al Gore. The vice president thanked Buck and told the crowd by that he owned and enjoyed Buckwheat Zydeco's CDs thanks to his daughter who had attended school in New Orleans.
On the Fourth of July, 1998, Buckwheat Zydeco performed with the Boston Pops. This was the 25th anniversary of one of the most famous American traditions, and over 500,000 sang along and cheered wildly as Buck and the band played three songs specially arranged for them and the full orchestra. The event was televised live on the A&E Network.
Played the 1997 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee gala fund raiser.
4 Grammy nominations.
"On A Night Like This" LP cited as "One Of The Ten Best Recordings of 1987" by the NY Times. Many other Top Ten lists over the years.
Has been among the Top 50 grossing touring acts in Pollstar.
Major festivals in America and around the world -- closed Playboy Jazz Fest, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Jambalaya Jam, Newport, Summerfest, Winterfest, San Diego Street Scene, Ben and Jerry's, Bumbershoot, Montreaux, North Sea, Nice, Nancy Jazz Fest, etc.
Opening act for Eric Clapton (including entire North American tour and a 12-night stand at London's Royal Albert Hall), U-2, Robert Cray, Los Lobos.
Many appearances on David Letterman, Today Show, CBS Morning News, NBC Nightly News, MTV, BBC, National Public Radio etc.
Video "Hey Good Lookin'" featuring Dwight Yoakam and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos was in Five Star rotation on VH-1.
Duets with Willie Nelson and Mavis Staples on "Five Card Stud". Eric Clapton was guest on Buck's version of "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?" Played on Keith Richard's solo LP. Jam sessions with Clapton, Neil Young, Robert Plant, Ringo Starr, Greg Allman, Jimmy Buffett, John Hiatt, Neville Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Andy Summers etc.
BZ songs featured in many major motion pictures including "The Waterboy", "Little Buddha", "Fletch Lives", "The Big Easy", "Casual Sex", "Little Monsters", "Hard Target", "Gone Fishin'" and TV shows such as "Northern Exposure" and "A Different World".
15 LPs: 1 for Tomorrow (originally on Mesa/Atlantic), 4 for Island, 1 for Mango, 1 for Charisma, 2 for Rounder, 1 for Black Top, 4 for Blues Unlimited, 1 for Music For Little People.
Performed for the Tower Records Company Picnic, The WEA Convention, The Transworld Convention, The NARM Convention, CMJ, and many other industry confabs, etc.
Major corporate annual meetings and parties for Miller Brewing, Computer Associates, Glaxo/Welcome, Levi-Stauss, etc.
Wrote and performed theme music for the PBS TV series "Pierre Franey's Cooking In America." Buck and his wife cooked for Pierre and appear in a segment. Also Buck's wife's crawfish etoufee recipe is featured in the companion book to the series published by Alfred Knopf & Co. The Durals also have a recipe in Emiril Lagasse's cookbook, and in the Tabasco Sauce cookbook.
Heard on national TV commercials for Cheerios and Lincoln Mercury, Toyota, Coke and Budweiser, and regional TV commercials for Leinenkugel's Beer.