KENT DUCHAINE…WHAT THE PRESS SAYS……
SUNDAY TIMES COLOR SUPPLEMENT 2001...
~ One of the best top five concerts nationwide (across ALL music genres)
405 MUSIC REVIEW INTERNET SITE, CONCERT AT THE NORWICH ARTS CENTER 2009...
~ 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.
BLUES IN BRITIAN MAGAZINE REVIEW 2008...
~ 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 2008 AT THE GUILDHALL, LICHFEILD
~ West Midlands blues fans enjoyed a master class when American guitarist and singer Kent DuChaine played at the city’s Guildhall venue.
BLUES IN BRITAIN JAN 2009 ~ THE BRONTE BLUES CLUB, LICHFIELD
~ Kent is the first artist to be invited back a second time to this venue. It was an outstanding performance from a consummate professional.
THE ORCADIAN, ORKNEY BLUES FESTIVAL 2004...
~ 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 music.
REVIEW ~ THE CUSTOMS HOUSE ARTS CENTER, SOUTH SHIELDS, 2005...
~ 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.
BLUEPRINT MAGAZINE ~ THE TOWN HALL, READING, 2000... ~ 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. STEEL CITY BLUES FESTIVAL, SHEFFIELD ~ 2000 FESTIVAL DIRECTOR ~ AWESOME!!!!! BLUEPRINT MAGAZINE ~ COLNE BLUES FESTIVAL, ~ 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
BLUEPRINT MAGAZINE ~ THE TOWN HALL, READING, 2000...
~ 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.
STEEL CITY BLUES FESTIVAL, SHEFFIELD ~ 2000 FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
BLUEPRINT MAGAZINE ~ COLNE BLUES FESTIVAL,
~ 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
Kent DuChaine - Norwich Arts Center show… January 16th, 2009 · “Since going solo in 1982 and hitting the roads, riding the rails, flying the skies and sailing the seas, Kent and Leadbessie have probably by now clocked up over two million miles together including over 71 overseas tours” I knew this would be a show not to miss. As I walked a blues kinda’ walk towards the Norwich Arts Centre last night in anticipation of what musical delights would befall my ears, the closer my feet took me the more I could hear and feel the southern states gently ripple through the crisp atmosphere of the city at night. Kent DuChaine was back in town after a long absence (too long some would say) and he bought along a special friend, of course, the one and only, Leadbessie. “She’s a beat up 1934 National Steel Guitar”, and oh! How she can sing… Blues’ing down the path towards the entrance the air turned from a winter’s eve to a summer’s night as delta blues emanated from the old church venue and caused the heat from distant stars to warm my path. The sound of the wind through cotton fields could be heard as a gentle whisper whilst packs of wolves howl a hello to the echo of Leadbessie, and the powerful southern voice of her owner, Kent DuChaine. Blues slide on finger and Leadbessie in hand Kent was in full swing as I headed through the doors into the sold-out venue to a sea of swaying heads and tapping feet, no need for a drummer. Kent has a very powerful playing technique that screams for your attention. With intricate finger picking and gracefully prose bottleneck glides accompanied by a hand hammer drum beat, leaves one thinking – This is what the blues is all about. Every lyric bellowed from his heart and every note personifying his soul, Kent has the blues absconding from each and every cell of his being, and the whole audience feels it. From teens to tombstones, goth’s to classics, no one was anyone that night, just zephyrs upon the surface of the Mississippi. The entire evening through, in a wonderfully typical blues musician style, Kent told stories of his youth, his adventures, his family and friends, to the old greats and their comedic exploits while travelling the train lines and dusty roads following the summer to their next stopping point, wherever that might be. His uplifting persona and crowd pleasing demeanour (and, of course, his incredible musical proficiency) is the reason this man is loved the world over, with songs such as Little Red Rooster demanding complete crowd participation resulting in full belly laughs in one instance, to tear jerking covers like St James Infirmary in the next, the whole evening flowed like a journey through the southern states, its ups and downs, wisdom gained and naivety found, on the path for an endless summer. With six albums to his name and fans screaming out for more I think I will not be the only one in expressing how I wish him to be around for many more years to come. If you get the opportunity to see Kent play live, go and experience it for yourself. You will leave with a smile on your face, and thoughts of realisation that your blues aren’t as blue as another man’s may be. - Lewis Gibbs
Kent DuChaine & Leadbessie ~ Blues Songs & Stories review from "Blues in Britain"
Recorded live at the Music Star, Norderstedt, Germany in December 2007, this is an excellent representation of what you’d get at one of DuChaine’s gigs. Two one-hour sets of blues are artfully linked by anecdotes and chat in the best troubadour tradition. For those who don’t know, Leadbessie is Kent’s careworn National Steel guitar, boasting more gaffer tape than the stage at the 100 Club. On the technical side, German efficiency reigns, with a tasteful variety of camera angles, long, medium and close shots and even the occasional art slow-mo sequence for a few seconds. Similarly, the sound quality is good. I do take issue with the packaging and credits, though, which lack ANY writer info for the material preformed. The main menu is rather sparse: songs are only given numbers rather than titles (although they come on screen a few seconds into each song and titles can be accessed via the “more info’s” menu).
Dressed in a Robert Johnson T-shirt, Kent presents his show partly as a lesson in what makes The Blues, including the obligatory song beginning “woke up this morning…” the material leans towards standards including “Sweet Home Chicago” , “St James Infirmary”, “Trouble in Mind” etc, although DuChaine normally brings something of his own to each interpretation. Less predictable covers also appear, such as “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “Summertime”. There are a good number of his own compositions included, which stand up very well alongside the standards, but you have to visit his website to check which they are because of the lack of writer credits. One of the best of these is “Boogie Man” which he claims won him his 4th wife! You also get “Loa of Love”, “She’s Haunting Me”, “Come On In My Kitchen”, “Irresistible” and “Blues So Bad”, over the menus’ and some reminiscence about Kent’s friend and mentor Johnny Shines leading into”16 Gauge Steel” over the slideshow of still photos accessed through the “more info” menu.
So with 25 songs on video and another 6 over the menu, you certainly get plenty of material in this package. DuChaine is about as close as it’s possible to be to an authentic Delta style blues man in the 21st century and this would certainly make an excellent souvenir of one of his gigs, or serve as inspiration to our future acoustic blues performers. Finally - is it just me or does he remind anyone else of a long haired Richard Wildmark?