Kickstarter Campaign Launched to Fund Project, Ends March 31
Buckwheat Zydeco has always been at the forefront of introducing zydeco
music to new audiences: The Louisiana icon and musical legend was the
first zydeco artist with a major label record deal, the first on a
national television show, the first to work with rock superstars, the
first with music in a national television commercial. Now he aims to be
the first to create and present an online video series with zydeco at
Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr. and long-time collaborator, Ted Fox, will
create a YouTube video series called Buckwheat’s World, and just
launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund it.
Buckwheat’s World will be a fresh new way to showcase Buckwheat Zydeco’s
music and present a behind-the-scenes look at the richness and
enchanting character of southwest Louisiana culture. In addition to new,
live musical performances from the band, Buckwheat’s World episodes
will feature slice-of-life scenes of Dural doing what he does every day.
He might be working on one of his vehicles, tending his menagerie of
animals, boiling crawfish, hanging out with friends and band mates,
fishing on the bayou, taking care of Buckwheat Zydeco business. All the
things that make up Buckwheat’s World will be shot and directed by Louis
Alvarez and Andrew Kolker, celebrated documentary filmmakers who got
their start in Louisiana with such classics as “Yeah You Rite!” and
“Louisiana Boys—Raised on Politics”.
They’ve won two Peabody Awards and kept audiences laughing and thinking
with such films as “American Tongues”, “Vote for Me” and “People Like
Us." Their latest film “Getting Back to Abnormal," about New Orleans
politics, will be on the POV series on PBS July 14.
Kickstarter has been very supportive of the project. It just made
Buckwheat’s World its “Project of the Day,” and it has been a Music
Staff Pick. The campaign is ongoing and ends on March 31.
Buckwheat Zydeco also started a new side career as a blogger for the
Huffington Post. His first post called, “Mardi Gras Is The Flip Side of
the Blues,” posted recently.