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"Ghost Kings Of Beale Street"
© Big Productions/Blues Warrior Records
Year of Release: 2007
Sinners Or Saints
Flame Of Love
Devil Turn True
Every Little Death
When It's Sweet
King Of My Heart
Back Again From Gone
Alibis And Lies
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"Ghost Kings Of Beale Street"
ANother (fine) talented artist from our WSVNRadio Hall Of Fame ... Chainsaw Dupont. His song, "When It's Sweet" was on our
Volume 20 CD.
David "Chainsaw" Dupont is a Blues artist. And a very good blues artist, he is. His Ghost Kings Of Beale Street defines great Blues,
Soul, and R&B. It's traditional blues, nostalgic blues (of the late 60s/early 70s). His story is told from
the Chicago Blues Camp website:
The story of David “Chainsaw” Dupont is almost stereotypical for a Chicago blues man. He was born in the Mississippi Delta, picked
cotton as a child, and moved to Chicago as a teenager. He dropped out of school, spent years on the road playing music and eventually moved back to Chicago
to build a career playing the blues.
David was born on a Friday the 13th in Macomb, Mississippi. His mother was a piano player who learned from Fats Domino and ran a juke joint on the weekends.
His father, a boxer, left the family when David was young. His mother bought him a “Lone Ranger” toy guitar and he started teaching himself how to play
simple tunes from a songbook as a child. He ran away from home at 14 and moved to Chicago where he attended high school and really started playing guitar.
Music has been his life since then, and he has traveled the country, playing in a wide variety of bands, including jazz, reggae, and even backing up a
black Elvis impersonator. Chainsaw was homeless for a time, met a young Stevie Ray Vaughan, narrowly missed being killed, and generally lived an itinerant
life until settling back in Chicago in the late 80s. After several band projects, and a demo recording, he caught the attention of blues harp legend Junior
Wells, and hooked up for an international tour that included Japan, in the coveted spot as Junior's guitarist.
Since then, Chainsaw has released five of his own CDs, two of them “live” recordings. He has formed several bands and played the Chicago Blues circuit as
well as touring internationally, working with bands in both the trio format popularized on Chicago's west side, as well as the larger configurations
favored by Muddy Waters and other south side players. He has developed new takes on urban blues that reflect modern influences while still paying tribute
to the classics -- still tempting the fates by taking chances, but choosing his notes carefully in his songcraft.
His music of the Blues is just incredible... The opening track, "Invisible Man" has the late 1960s/1970s Soul, and a very impressive tune.
"Sam looks for Dave, but can't find him." This relates to the great duo Sam & Dave. This could be a song they could have done. It also has an early
Motown feel. "Sinners Or Saints" is a rockabilly soul track; fast-paced as in Rockabilly, yet it's soulful. "Flame Of Love" is definitely
R&B and Blues, as in Buddy Guy. Another impressive tune. "Devil Turn True" is a catchy R&B/Blues track, and a song that easily could get alot of
airplay on radio playlists.
"The Flood" is the Delta Blues and John Lee Hooker'ish. "Never Knew" takes us back to the Hard Rock/Blues of the 1970s, nostalgic.
"Every Little Death" is another upbeat early Blues throwback. Then there's the energetic "Bluesomatic"; another great true-Blues rockin'
track. "Funky Foot" is another great Hard Rock/Blues instrumental. It's powerful, bluesy. Stevie Ray Vaughan could have recorded this one.
"When It's Sweet" is a slow, powerful blues track. Eric Clapton could have done this one. "King Of My Heart." is has a nice and happy
sounding Blues feel, with just the guitar and vocal. "Back Again From Gone" is another great slow and easy R&B track. "Alibis And Lies"
is more of a Jazz styled song, and as I listen to Chainsaw sing, his vocal style compares to that of Eric Burdon.
The last two tracks are untitled. Track 14 has guitar and vocals, and it's a great little happy sounding Blues tune. Track 15 fits easily with Track
14, another upbeat Blues track, as it sounds like a song that Robert Cray could have recorded.
If it's the Blues, R&B, Soul music you're looking for, Ghost Kings Of Beale Street is a great, entertaining album for you. This is the Blues
equally crafted by Chainsaw Dupont. We are proud to have promoted him on our Hall of Fame volumes. Most of the songs from Ghost Kings Of
Beale Street (and more) can be listened to, on
MusicXRay.com Chainsaw Dupont page. His website is
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