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Where There's Smoke There's Fire
     

Where There's Smoke There's Fire

by Buckwheat Zydeco
 
If you want to hear what successful commercial zydeco today is all about, Stanley Dural's band Buckwheat Zydeco is the group to check out. With strong soul and blues influences, a smooth sound, a major-label contract, and an appearance in the movie "The Big Easy," Dural brought zydeco to the notice of mainstream America. On this disc they offer a lively grab bag of

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If you want to hear what successful commercial zydeco today is all about, Stanley Dural's band Buckwheat Zydeco is the group to check out. With strong soul and blues influences, a smooth sound, a major-label contract, and an appearance in the movie "The Big Easy," Dural brought zydeco to the notice of mainstream America. On this disc they offer a lively grab bag of their interests, from a rockin' cover of Bobby Troup's "Route 66" to an investigation of the jazz, blues, and African -- as well as thoroughly Louisiana -- roots of zydeco in the original "What You Gonna Do?" All of it's highly danceable and driven by distinctly Gulf Coast rhythms.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
A great album of zydeco party anthems (and others) from Buckwheat Zydeco, the heir apparent in zydeco after the death of Clifton Chenier. This album features a number of Buckwheat's (Stanley Dural's) compositions, along with covers of a few standards from other genres, most notably "Route 66," Hank Williams' "Hey Good Lookin," and the Stones' "Beast of Burden." Aside from the more heartfelt "Beast of Burden," the album is generally packed with danceable groove-laden zydeco, complete with horn arrangements and a blasting accordion solo. This is superior in many ways to the music of Chenier (though, of course, he's a worthy listen as well), due to its generally happier mood and quicker, more emphasized beats and basslines. One last noteworthy item on the album: to finish off the set, Dural shows off some versatility by sitting at the piano and punching out one of the most complex blues solo piano standards in existence with "It's Getting Late." A must have for any zydeco fan, and a should have for anyone with a pulse.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1990
Label:
Mca Special Products
UPC:
0042284292528
catalogNumber:
842925

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Performance Credits

Buckwheat Zydeco   Primary Artist,Accordion,Keyboards,Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Hammond Synth
Dwight Yoakam   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Berlin   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Hidalgo   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Mark Linett   Tambourine
Kevin Menard   Drums
Dennis Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Melvin Veazie   Guitar
Wilbert Willis   Percussion,Rub,Rubboard
Lee Allen Zeno   Bass

Technical Credits

Ted Fox   Executive Producer
David Hidalgo   Producer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Rick Olivier   Back Cover
Hank Williams   Composer
Tom Nellen   Engineer

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