In Memoriam: Lil Buck Sinegal

Published on: June 10th, 2019

Lil Buck Sinegal [Photo by Black Mold]

Lil Buck Sinegal [Photo by Black Mold]
Lil Buck Sinegal [Photo by Black Mold]

We are sad to report that guitarist and bandleader Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal, "Master of the Stratocaster," has passed at the age of 75. For decades, he was a major player in Louisiana R&B, Blues, and Zydeco.

He may be best known for playing with Clifton Chenier and Buckwheat Zydeco. Eric Clapton once called him "the best blues guitarist alive." His career spanned more than five decades, with over 300 recordings, including with Henry Gray, Rockin’ Dopsie, and other blues artists. In 1987, he had a Grammy-winning effort on Paul Simon’s 1987 album Graceland.

Lil Buck was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in 1999, and worked hard to pass on his knowledge to the next generation. Acadiana musicians regularly stopped at his house for guitar lessons and jam sessions, including in recent years. 

Funeral services will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church located at 818 12th St. in Lafayette, Louisiana. There will be a wake on Sunday, June 16, 2019 and funeral service on Monday, June 17.

WWOZ sends its condolences to his family and friends. 

Below, see his performance of 'Down Home Blues,' as captured by WWOZ, at the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette on August 15, 2014, plus some of our best photos of him throughout recent years:

Topic tags: 

Get the 'OZone monthly newsletter
facebook logo
Like us on Facebook
Volunteer at WWOZ
Hear it here!