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Kent DuChaine & Leadbessie

February 6, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Kent Duchaine was born in Minnesota & taught to play ukelele guitar & clarinet by his father all by the age of 11. Later at school he learned to play the piano & electric guitar.

He played in a local band with some school friends in & around his home town of Wayzata, performing popular 60s music.While reading the sleeve notes on an Eric Clapton album he was intrigued to find out more about Robert Johnson & blues music in general. He then immersed himself in the music of Johnson, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Bukka White & Elmore James.

In 1970 DuChaine opened a show for slide guitar genius BukkaWhite & began to meet & play with some of the great blues legends. During the early 70s he played in a band with Kim Wilson of the present day Fabulous Thunderbirds. The band backed some of the big name bluesmen, Fenton Robinson, Boogie Woogie Red, Luther Tucker, Hubert Sumlin & many more. As the band’s reputation spread they came to the attention of the great Willie Dixon who arranged a recording contract & a major concert sharing the bill with John Lee Hooker, Howling Wolf, Albert Collins & Margie Evans.


In 1979 DuChaine found his beloved “Leadbessie” a beat up 1934 National Steel guitar & kitted it out with extra heavy strings to cope with his ferociously powerful playing style. Deciding to go solo he disposed of all his worldly possessions & moved south with only “Leadbessie” & an old Cadillac in order to be closer to the roots of the blues music he now embraced. He lived in the car for some time at one point with one of his three ex wives, before graduating to a Winnebago Motorhome via a tent & a camper van.

In 1989 DuChaine met & established a partnership with the legendary bluesman Johnny Shines (a travelling companion of Robert Johnson) They recorded “Back To The Country” with harmonica great Snooky Pryor & were honoured with the coveted W C Handy Award for the best country blues album. In 1991 The Smithsonian Institute honoured the “King of the Delta Blues” Robert Johnson. DuChaine & Shines were among a privileged few musicians to be invited to perform at this
Prestigious 25th annual Festival Of American Folklife. The end result was the Grammy nominated album “Roots Of Rhythm & Blues”

DuChaine & Shines performed over 200 shows together all over America while DuChaine still continued his solo career. Their relationship was cut short by Shines death in April 1992 DuChaine was determined more than ever to spread the blues he loves & started to tour in the UK & Europe to great acclaim. He currently has ten solo albums & a DVD under his belt & has completed over 100 overseas tours to date.

The Sunday Times colour supplement listed him as one of the 5 best concerts in the UK (in any music genre) during a tour in 2001. In the years 2008/9 DuChaine performed over 275 concerts in the UK & has established a large fan base across the whole of Britain & Ireland, plus at many Festivals around Europe.

In 2008 DuChaine was asked by Alabama’s State Culture Officerto represent the State on a cultural visit to Italy (even though he no longer lived in Alabama)

When not thrilling music lovers with authentic Delta Blues, Urban Blues & his own original music, he relaxes at home in beautiful South Georgia with wife number four Sarah, pursuing his favourite hobby fishing. They live on the shore of a vast lake on the border between Georgia & Alabama in a house which DuChaine has literally built with his own hands, reading DIY manuals along the way.


February 6, 2015
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Chapel Arts Centre
St.James's Memorial Hall - Lower Borough Walls
Bath, BA1 1QR United Kingdom
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01225 461700

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