Chainsaw Dupont | Lee's Unleaded Blues | Blues, Gospel, and R&B | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., May 21, 9 p.m. 2010
Price: $5
Mississippi-born David "Chainsaw" DuPont bills himself as a purveyor of "Delta crunch guitar," but if that were the whole story he'd hardly be notable on a scene already clogged with bloozy fretboard pyrotechnicians. He's certainly capable of hot licks when the situation demands them, but he usually exercises enough restraint to let the most fervid emotions remain implied. Live (Chicago Blues), released earlier this year, documents a stint he did at the Hideout in 2007; in his lead work he's at his most aggressive and eclectic, cutting swaths through everything from vintage funk (James Brown's "Cold Sweat") and sweet soul testifying (Marvin Gaye's "I'll Be Doggone") to rock-influenced originals that manage to invoke the vaunted Delta tradition. DuPont's vision is ambitious, even audacious—he's probably best known for his "Blues Street Trilogy," a three-CD project on the Blues Warrior label that honors the musical traditions of New Orleans, Memphis, and Chicago—and this is a release party for another genre-busting project. The appropriately named Acoustified/Electrified (Chicago Blues) showcases DuPont in settings that range from back-porch intimacy to urban blues houserocking. See also Saturday at Water Hole Lounge with the Blues Warriors. —David Whiteis

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