Chainsaw Dupont

Blues Guitar

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.