E2D March music monthly

by Robert Haile and Rachael Grealish

Mississippi Delta blues rocks at Florence with Kent DuChaine

Florence sings the blues: Kent DuChain and his ol’ faithful Leadbessie took no prisoners with their tales through time and emotion while singing the delta blues. -Photo by Robert Haile

Florence sings the blues: Kent DuChain and his ol’ faithful Leadbessie took no prisoners with their tales through time and emotion while singing the delta blues. -Photo by Robert Haile

FLORENCE Arts Centre swelled with the sound of the delta blues on Friday February 12.
Kent DuChaine and Leadbessie were the cause of the unmistakable sound that moved everybody in attendance to tap their feet.

The music was masterfully weaved into tales of legendary blues musicians like Bubba White, Holwing Wolf and BB King.

DuChaine was captivating not only when singing songs from these and his own but with the tales he recounted with such heart felt sadness and humour. Recalling his meeting with Jonny Shines and working with him DuChaine reminisced about their time fishing on their tour before playing 16 Gauge Steel.

A song that he wrote after his death.

As with most blues singers DuChaine had his fair share of hardship and spoke of four ex wives.

His songs were performed with genuine emotion and soul and his voice suited them perfectly – although raspy, was smooth and comforting.

His talent was shown clear through his ability to weild the 82-year-old steel guitar, Leadbessie, who he speaks to as if he would await a response.

With number four wife now an ex he has plenty of time for his favourite four letter f word.
Fish.

DuChaine spoke of his fondness for the UK and that his house in Georgia, America was called The House that the Brits built due to the funds for it being raised from his UK tours. DuChaine said: “I love playing in the UK and I’ve always enjoyed my time in Cumbria. There’s a real feel for the blues here in Cumbria and the audience is always fantastic.”

His connection with audience was evident from the second song, he was able to interact with them through his tales and his songs.

The night ended with a sing-a-long as DuChaine explained that blues players end their sets usually with some gospel songs.

All audience members seemed to have a fantastic night as their howling and clapping was a sure give-away.

 

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