Kent DuChaine has listened to, hung out with, opened up for, traveled
and played with most of the great Blues men and women his whole adult
life. The list is too long to name them all, but some of the major ones
are: Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama
Thornton, Koko Taylor, BB, Albert and Freddie King, Willie Dixon,
Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Robert JR Lockwood, Mississippi
Fred McDowell, Furry Lewis and Son House. These were the big
Country and Urban Blues influences who Kent heard and/or played with.
Kent's early days with the Blues involved him both living and learning the
He has played in most of the major Blues festivals in the U.S.A. and
Europe and was part of a Grammy nominated album recorded at the
prestigious Smithsonian Institute Festival of Folk Life in Washington D.C.
The theme of the festival was "The Roots of Rhythm & Blues, The Robert
Johnson Era" and was recorded and released by Sony Music. It featured
Robert Johnson's old buddies, Johnny Shines, Robert JR Lockwood,
Honeyboy Edwards, and Henry Townsend.
Kent attended two of the early "Ann Arbor Blues Festivals" in the 70's.
It united together virtually every important Blues man and woman in the
world who performed for the three days and nights in August.
His dedication and talent for the blues earned him the honor of opening
two shows for Bukka White, spending time with Mississippi Fred
McDowell and befriending his hometown Bluesmen, Lazy Bill Lucas and
Mojo Buford in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has even hung out with
Muddy Waters who he later paid his last respects to at Muddys' funeral
in Chicago. You will have to wait till you see him on stage to hear if he
took up Muddy's offer of some reefer and Champagne!
The Blues were happening all around Kent at this time and he ended up
playing alongside Kim Wilson in a band called "Aces, Straights &
Shuffles". Willie Dixon heard the band and complimented Kent on his
slide playing sounding like a young Muddy Waters. Willie arranged a
recording contract for the boys to help them launch their career by
putting them on stage with Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Albert
Collins and Margie Evans.
Kent spent time in Austin, Texas in the mid 70's, soaking up the blues
at "Antone's", who where beginning to bring in alot of the old Blues
men. He met Stevie Ray Vaughn and learned that there where others
who shared the same passion and respect for the real Blues.
Around this time the most incredible thing happened: after searching for
ten years, Kent found his beloved 1934 National Steel guitar, Leadbessie.
After some time, Kent could see that the solo Blues life was where he
wanted to go. Traveling the roads alone allowed him the opportunities he
was seeking. Following the Blues trails unhindered gave him the freedom
to play where and when he wanted, for what ever he could get, even if it
was just a meal and a drink. The solo life built his following, reputation
and talent for the real Blues.
By the late 80's he was doing 300+ shows a year all over N. America. He
was blessed by the Blues in 1988 by coming across the great Johnny
Shines who was living in Alabama. Kent had been based there already
for seven years so he knew his way around. The two of them together
where a sight to see...." The Young and the Old". Kent and Johnny
traveled for three years and did over 200 shows together. He also
recorded a W.C. Handy award winning album with Johnny and Snooky
Pryor. The Blues rained down April 21st 1992, just four days before the
two of them where to celebrate their birthdays together, Johnny passsed
away. Kent understanding that this is life, carried on alone.
He has spent most of the last 24 years traveling back and forth to Europe
and has done 100 plus European tours of 4-7 weeks each. He has
logged millions of miles and many 1000's of shows.
You can have the opportunity to see what Kent DuChaine can do and
hear what he knows by booking him for yourself!