Kent DuChaine is an American Blues singer and guitarist based in Fort Gaines, Georgia. I first met him at a gig 6 years ago during one of his popular UK tours and have since made it to several of his performances, which mix his exhilarating instrumental and vocal virtuosity with a zest for storytelling. In this portrait, Kent is playing his beloved 1934 National Steel guitar, nicknamed "Leadbessie". On his t-shirt is the famous image of Robert Johnson. In 1989, Kent began playing with the legendary bluesman Johnny Shines, and they performed over 200 shows together over a period of three years. Shines had travelled and played alongside Robert Johnson during the 1930s and both musicians are a big influence on DuChaine's Delta Blues sound. In this portrait I wanted to capture the character and soul of DuChaine, who still maintains a heavy touring schedule in his late sixties, as well as something of the love and lifelong dedication he has for Blues music itself.
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