Review: Kent DuChaine at Liverpool Marina – 22nd January 2009
Posted on: Monday, Jan 26, 2009
Who better to start a new year of blues shows than the man who conjures up the most authentic images of the Mississippi Delta, Kent DuChaine? True to form and armed with Leadbessie, his trusty, 75-year old National steel guitar, the maestro delivered a superb evening’s entertainment.
The first set ranged over a couple of Bukka White numbers, Willie Dixon’s “The Seventh Son”, “Little Red Rooster” and Leadbelly’s “Rock Island Line”. It also included the excellent, original composition, “Edgmont Station”, with its wonderfully intricate rhythms, and fine versions of “St James Infirmary Blues” and “Summertime”. It ended with a first taste of Robert Johnson, with “Last Fair Deal Going Down”, and the love song, “I’ve Been True To You”, which was written for the lady who was then his ‘second ex-wife-to- be’.
The second set opened with “Sweet Home Chicago” and Little Willie John’s “Fever”, followed by what was nothing short of a master class in the playing of several Robert Johnson classics. There was also a terrific rendition of Sippy Wallace’s magnificent ode to optimism, “Trouble In Mind”. The marvellous performance was concluded with an uplifting encore that combined “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” with “When The Saints Go Marching In”, which prompted enthusiastic participation from the highly appreciative audience. Another great night at The Marina.
(photograph by John R Welsh)