At the young age of six, Kent DuChaine learned to play the ukulele
from his father.
At 13, after getting his first electric guitar, he and a few
of his buddies formed a garage band in his hometown of Wayzata,
Minnesota. They performed at school functions and private parties,
mostly playing popular music of the time.
After reading the liner
notes of an Eric Clapton album, DuChaine checked out a Robert
Johnson album from the local library. So taken back by Johnson's
music he literally wore the album out listening to it. He never
looked back. The music of Johnson, Muddy Waters, Lightening Hopkins,
T-Bone Walker, Bukka White and Elmore James.
DuChaine learned to play slide guitar in 1969. One year
later he opened for slide guitar genius Bukka
1972-1975 DuChaine performed in a band with Kim
of the present day Fabulous Thunderbirds. The Band backed
up blues greats Fenton Robinson, Boogie
Woogie Red, Luther Tucker, Hubert Sumlin, and Eddie Burns. As the reputation
of the band spread, legendary songwriter and performer Willie Dixon embraced them. Dixon arranged a recording
contract and a concert sharing the bill with Albert
Collins, John Lee Hooker, the Howling Wolf and Margie Evans.
In 1979 DuChaine found his beloved "Leadbessie", she's
a beat-up 1934 National Steel Guitar kitted out with extra
heavy strings to cope with his ferociously powerful style.
Decinding to go solo in 1982, he took "Leadbessie" on the
road, finally setting in the southeastern United States
to be closer to the roots of the music he loved.
DuChaine met and established a partnership with legendary
blues man Johnny Shines in 1989.
They recorded Back to the Country with harmonica great Snooky Pryor. They were honored with the coveted WC
Handy Award for Best Country Blues Album.
In 1991, the Smithsonian
Institute honored the King of the Delta Blues, Robert
DuChaine and Shines were among the privileged few that
were invited to perform at this prestigious 25th
annual Festival of American Folklife. The end result
was the Grammy nominated album, Roots
of Rhythm and Blues: A Tribute
to the Robert Johnson Era recorded by Sony/Columbia.
and Shines performed over 200 shows together travelling
all over North America, all the while DuChaine continued
his solo career. Their relationship was cut short by Shines'
death in April 1992.
DuChaine, determined more than ever to spread the blues,
began to perfom in Europe and Scandinavia.
He now has six
albums under his belt, 44 plus tours overseas, and still
manages to perform all over North America.
He was honored
by the London Times naming him "one
of the five best concerts in the UK".
When not thrilling music lovers with authentic
Delta Blues, Urban Blues and his original music, he's relaxing
at home in beautiful South Georgia with his wife, their
son Miles, the cats, and the German Shepherd.
- steel guitar, lead vocal
What the Press says...
"...One of the best top
five concerts nationwide (across ALL music genres)"
"...a show not to miss..into the sold out venue…This is what
the blues is all about..his uplifting persona & crowd pleasing demeanor (and
of course his incredible musical proficiency) is the reason this man is loved
all over the world."
405 Music Review
"...Two hours of genuine entertainment…closed proceedings amid
something resembling a mass hoe down..I recommend you take advantage when he
brings the “DELTA” to your town."
Blues in Britain Magazine
"...Not only is Kent know as a well known master
of the blues…..his guitar playing is exceptional and
his deep intriguing voice a great combination that really
set the old style delta blues alight…..DuChaine really
has lived the blues life which is clearly evident in his
The Orcadian, Orkney Blues Festival
"...The voice is good, the aura the 53 year old
emits is wonderful and his rapport with an appreciative audience
is fantastic. But what allows DuChaine to be rated as one
of the worlds best is the amazing sounds he gets from his
1934 National ‘steel guitar."
The Customs House Arts Center, South Shelds, 2005
"...DuChaine’s commitment, enthusiasm and love of the blues shines
through his every move and transmits itself to his audience…As a solo
performer maybe only Keb’ Mo’ touches him in the charisma stakes….Honest
entertainment this good should not be missed."
"The unpredicted star of the evening, and possibly, of the whole event,
was the Minnesota born vocalist/guitarist Kent DuChaine. Mere words cannot describe
the charisma and genius this man exudes"