Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal

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Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal
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Sinegal at Jazz Fest in 2015
Background information
Birth name Paul Alton Senegal
Born (1944-01-14) January 14, 1944 (age 74)
Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Genres Blues, zydeco
Occupation(s) Guitarist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active Late 1950s–present
Associated acts Clifton Chenier
Rockin' Dopsie

Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal (born January 14, 1944) is an American blues and zydeco guitarist and singer.

Early years[edit]

He was born Paul Alton Senegal in Lafayette, Louisiana. According to researchers Bob Eagle and Eric LeBlanc, the spelling "Sinegal" rather than "Senegal" was the result of a passport error which he never corrected. He was nicknamed "Little Buck" (for buckwheat) or "Lil' Buck" because of his short size.[1] His mother Odette Broussard played guitar, and in the late 1950s he began performing with such artists as Carol Fran, James "Thunderbird" Davis, Lee Dorsey, and Joe Tex.


He became a session musician at Excello Records, working with Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester and others, and also recorded with Rockin' Dopsie, Katie Webster, and Lil' Bob.[1][2] In the late 1960s, he recorded his own instrumentals, including "Cat Scream" and "Monkey in a Sack", for the La Louisiane record label.[3]

He joined Clifton Chenier's band in 1969, and toured regularly with him in Europe and elsewhere over the next decade. Later, in the 1980s and 1990s, he also toured internationally with Buckwheat Zydeco and with Rockin' Dopsie. He founded the Cowboy Stew Blues Revue with C. C. Adcock. In 1999, he released the album The Buck Starts Here, featuring songs predominantly written with, and produced by, Allen Toussaint.[2] Critic Richie Unterberger described the record as "a fairly straight blues album with faint or nonexistent traces of zydeco",[4] and Sinegal has commented: "I am probably more known as a zydeco guitarist... [but] I've always been a bluesman... Zydeco is the blues. It's basically blues played with accordion. Clifton Chenier's music was blues throughout."[3]

He appears in the 2015 documentary film I Am the Blues.[5]


Sinegal was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in 1999.[3]


  1. ^ a b Eagle, Bob; LeBlanc, Eric S. (2013). Blues - A Regional Experience. Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers. p. 387. ISBN 978-0313344237.
  2. ^ a b Biography by Richie Unterberger, Retrieved 28 November 2016
  3. ^ a b c "Lil Buck Sinegal", The Ponderosa Stomp. Retrieved 27 November 2016
  4. ^ Richie Unterberger, Review of The Buck Starts Here, Retrieved 28 November 2016
  5. ^ "Here Are 6 Must-See Music Films at Hot Docs". Exclaim!, April 19, 2016.