Our music teacher stared him down for a moment of silence. Then made a brief pronouncement before moving on: "The accordion," he announced, "is a dead instrument."
Teacher must not have heard much zydeco music. Fortunately for us, Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Jr. has spent the better part of four decades keeping this tradition alive and vibrant. And though his record label has changed many times, and his music often incorporates many ingredients grown outside the great state of Louisiana, he remains one of the squeezebox masters, and a reminder of how much the accordion has to say to us now. On "The Wrong Side" he brings on board another journeyman musician of note, guitarist Sonny Landreth, and the results are rootsy and real, a strutting danceable groove that belies the can't-let-go-of-the-dirty-past lyrics. Yes, the reports of the death of the accordion are exaggerated. And watch out Maytag . . . the washboard might be making a comeback too.
July 07, 2009 · 0 commentsTags: zydeco
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