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Biography

Rockin' Rhythm & Swingin' Blues, that's a name suited to the music served up by the frontman, guitarist & singer Nico Duportal, who leads his "real deal" band, The Rhythm Dudes. Nico draws on the full spectrum of the deep black roots of Afro -American music and performs some of the finest early Blues and Rhythm ‘n Blues music being played in Europe today.

Avid dancers and passionate music lovers form the base of Nico Duportal & His Rhythm Dudes followers whenever they play in packed out venues throughout Europe.
Their goal is always to develop new fans and create a new musical circuit. Their target
is to make people dance, shaking their ‘money makers’ like it was going out of fashion!
Oscar McLollie, Johnny Guitar Watson, Little Richard and Ike Turner are some of Nico’s heroes and their inspiration colours his astonishing playing.

Nico Duportal & His Rhythm Dudes have also supported and backed up many of the international musical performers and Rock n’ Roll and Blues legends who have toured Europe, such as: Big Jay McNeely, Lynwood Slim, Mitch Woods, Wanda Jackson, R. J Mischo, Roddy Jackson, Gizzelle, Ruby Ann, Junior Watson, Mark Tortorici and Alex Vargas.
Nico Duportal has also appeared on stage with Big Sandy, The Memphis Kings and Kid Ramos and was on the list of special guests on the latest “Mannish Boys” release Wrapped up and Ready (Delta Groove Productions), including Artists like Kim Wilson, Kid Ramos, Mike Welch, Fred Kaplan and Sugar Ray Ford.
The band has toured all over the world, playing festivals and clubs in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, Scotland, England, Scandinavia, Spain and Italy, performing for enthusiastic crowds as far afield as the USA and Australia.
Often heading the stage of the legendary Parisian swing temple "Le Caveau de la Hachette”, Nico’s talents are requested more and more in Europe, and he is especially popular in California, where his incendiary performances galvanize both listeners and dancers.
The original Rhythm & Blues and Rock’n’Roll that Nico and his band have both created and resurrected has found an ever growing army of fans.
Their 2009 album "Meet me in the Basement” is still consistently selling and the follow up recording from June 2011, "Goin Back to Ya ", was awarded "Le pied or Real deal" comments and 5 stars by the renowned French magazine "Soul Bag”. From March 2013, with “Real Rockin’ Papa” (on crazy times records) Both albums have sold throughout the world.
The new “GUITAR PLAYER” album out next April 15th on the US Rhythm Bomb Records label undeniably reflects the spirited style and vivacity of the band, acknowledging the deep early Blues style and Swing that is in their DNA. Nico Duportal & his rhythm dudes balance all their stunning music with real five star behaviour both in the studio & on stage.

The Dudes

 

Nico Duportal

Nico Duportal

Vocals & Guitar
Thibaut Chopin

Thibaut Chopin

Upright Bass, Harmonica & Backing Vocals
Pascal Mucci

Pascal Mucci

Drums & Backing Vocals
Arnaud Desprez

Arnaud Desprez

Tenor Saxophone & Backing Vocals
Alex Bertein

Alex Bertein

Baritone Saxophone & Backing Vocals
Olivier Cantrelle

Olivier Cantrelle

Piano & Backing Vocals
Nico Duportal

Nico Duportal

Vocals & Guitar
Thibaut Chopin

Thibaut Chopin

Upright Bass, Harmonica & Backing Vocals
Pascal Mucci

Pascal Mucci

Drums & Backing Vocals
Arnaud Desprez

Arnaud Desprez

Tenor Saxophone & Backing Vocals
Alex Bertein

Alex Bertein

Baritone Saxophone & Backing Vocals
Olivier Cantrelle

Olivier Cantrelle

Piano & Backing Vocals
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  • The American Blues scene has undoubtedly encountered its share of adversity in recent years. Whenever i begin to doubt the uncertainty of where this Music’s headed, along comes someone like Nico Duportal to reassure me that everything’s gonna be just fine

    Jeff Scott Fleenor, Delta Groove Music, USA
  • C’est un déferlement gustative de l’ordre de la potion magique, mixture de talent, de maturité … Du trépidant, du palpitant et, au fond de tout ça, il faut le reconnaître, du grand Art !!!

    Philippe Dubois, chroniqueur pour Rock’n’Roll Revue, Auteur de l’encyclopédie des Jump Blues Guitar Killers
  •  Fantastic Jumpin’Blues and Rhythm & Blues !!!

  •  Nico Duportal sings & plays  red hot guitar. His band are on non-stop trip into the early roots of rock’n’roll and Rhythm & Blues … This makes for the most Rockin’ and definitely, the most jumpin’Blues and Rhythm dance party sounds. The dance floor will be rammed for Mr Duportal

    Mark Hislop, Glasgow Rhythm & Blues festival
  • À l’heure où l’on peut se sentir un peu perdu musicalement, Nico & ses dudes nous lancent une bouée de sauvetage sur laquelle est inscrit ‘Swing’ !

  • I hope we get to hear these guys some time when we’re in Europe or else at one of the U.S. festivals! This stuff is way cool, and this has become my favorite French band as of right now

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Booking Management

Booking Management

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Nico Duportal uses Nocturne Brain Pedals

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Rhythm Bomb Records

Nico Duportal plays Hepcat Pickups

discographie

Discography

Guitar Player – CD
Jai Malano with Nico Duportal – Rocket Girl
Guitar Player – LP
When i’m gone – EP
Real Rockin’ Papa – EP
Goin’ Back to Ya
Meet me in the basement
concerts

Next Gigs

Nico Duportal & His Rhythm Dudes  

Date City Venue Country
08/10/16 Antwerpen De Roma Belgium
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
22/10/16 stockholm wheels & Wings at sea Sweden
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. fantastic Lineup !!
04/11/16 Liége Blues Sphére Belgium
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
05/11/16 Sint Niklaas To be announced Belgium
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
07/11/16 Paris Le new Morning (TBC) France
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
19/11/16 Le Mans Festival SoBlues France
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
03/12/16 Cologne Blue Shell Germany
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
04/12/16 Strasbourg To be announced France
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
05/12/16 Schopfheim Berggasthof Waldhaus (aka “The Wildhouse”) Germany
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
06/12/16 Weil am Rhein Kulturzentrum Kesselhaus Germany
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
07/12/16 Murg-Oberhof Café Verkehrt Germany
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
14/01/17 Tremblay-en-France L’Odéon, Salle Jean-Roger Caussimon France
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
14/04/17 Berlin Berlin Shake Germany
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
24/06/17 Mern South island Rumble Denmark
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Great Line-up and great Festival in Denmark !!!
21/07/17 Sement Sement Blues Festival Norway
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.

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