Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr. ailing

Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr.

Alligator Records reports that Grammy Award-winning singer and accordionist Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, is being treated for early stage cancer on his left lung and a vocal cord. Dural will begin treatment immediately and doctors expect a full recovery. Buckwheat Zydeco will postpone current concert dates, but expect to return to touring this summer.
"I feel fine," Dural is quoted in the release. "I'll beat this and be back on the road soon. And you can take that to your best bank!"
Dural -- along with his band Buckwheat Zydeco -- have played presidential inaugurals and have performed on national television -- including multiple appearances on “The Late Show With David Letterman.They have played with the Boston Pops, were featured in the closing ceremonies of the Atlanta Olympics, and opened one of Eric Clapton's North American tours. His 2009 Alligator Records CD “Lay Your Burden Down,” produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, received the Grammy Award for Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album.

Fans can leave messages and greetings for Dural on his Facebook page.

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