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Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr. 1947-2016

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Our deepest condolences to Bernite Dural, Stanley’s wife and children from their beautiful combined family. Like his long time manager Ted Fox said, “Buckwheat kept musicians hours until the very end” when on September 24, 2016 at 1:32 am he departed this natural world. It is with deep sadness that we said good-bye to our friend Buck at a moving funeral service and celebration of his life in Lafayette, Louisiana on October 3 where Ted spoke to a mourning community. Our friend Roger Nabor from Kansas City who presented Buckwheat Zydeco many times over the decades, flew in for the wake.  Most of the zydeco music community fondly referred to him as Buck and thought of him as their friend because he treated everyone in our close music community with the same kindness, respect and consideration one would show a friend. He treated his audiences the same way. He mentored & supported us as experienced artists in the same way he did young emerging artists. You see, he had been there and done that, and had a whole lot of experience to share-and he did generously. His music and career accomplishments changed the course of our music history. We shared a booking agency with him for many years, Concerted Efforts, based in the Boston area. Our long time friend Paul Kahn and his team had been booking Buck for a few years when we joined this hip and visionary international booking agency in 1986. We feel a deep and aching sadness for the loss of this great man and gifted artist. Like so many we are also working hard to process this huge loss. However we know he’s no longer suffering from the cancer he fought with relentless determination, and for that- we are relieved. However, for his family whose pain is unthinkable, we wish for peace and understanding during this difficult time.  R.I.P brother Buck, in eternal peace and white light. For contributions to support his family and honor his life please visit  https://www.gofundme.com/2khuzztk.

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