Buckwheat Zydeco is celebrating its 25th year as a band. The occasion was marked by the release of Down Home Live, recorded at Buck's favorite hangout, El Sid O's, in his hometown of Lafayette. How down-home this CD is -- with its horn section, keyboards, and three guitars -- can be argued. What's never in question in BZ's ability to get people off their derrières and onto the dance floor. Buckwheat and his accompanists, who include his son Sir Reginald Master Dural on rub board, have been doing it through 15 albums and touring that has included opening for such admirers as Eric Clapton, U2, Robert Cray, and Al Gore (at the Democratic National Committee's 150th birthday party).
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