biographie

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, Lloyd Price, 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 band recurs in 2015 with 2 albums!! Their fourth album Guitar Player and Texas singer Jai Malano album Rocket Girl (produced and arranged by Nico and the Dudes), both on Rhythm Bomb Records. The brand new album Dealing With My Blues out on Rhythm Bomb Records (Dixiefrog for France) shows an undeniable evolution in Nico Duportal style. Mixed with Blues, Calypso, Soul, Mambo, Gospel and Rock'n'Roll with a modern touch, the band keeps anyway his unique sound. The last side project of the band stems from the collaboration with french blues legend Benoît Blue Boy (with guitarist Stan Noubard Pacha) for his last album A Boire Et A Manger A Saint-Germain-Des-Prés, a tribute to french rock pioneers Moustache, Jean-Pierre Sasson and Mac Kac. 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 & Backing Vocals
Pascal Mucci

Pascal Mucci

Drums & Backing Vocals
Olivier Cantrelle

Olivier Cantrelle

Piano, Organ & Backing Vocals
Alex Bertein

Alex Bertein

Baritone Saxophone
Sylvain Téjérizo

Sylvain Téjérizo

Tenor Saxophone
Nico Duportal

Nico Duportal

Vocals & Guitar
Thibaut Chopin

Thibaut Chopin

Upright Bass & Backing Vocals
Pascal Mucci

Pascal Mucci

Drums & Backing Vocals
Olivier Cantrelle

Olivier Cantrelle

Piano, Organ & Backing Vocals
Alex Bertein

Alex Bertein

Baritone Saxophone
Sylvain Téjérizo

Sylvain Téjérizo

Tenor Saxophone
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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 gustatif 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
  • You see music in the hands of a young master and student of the music such as Nico is far from being extinct! Nico has a style of his own but brings to mind the late great Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Tiny Grimes all the while making it his own! 

    Kid Ramos, Legendary Guitarist from California
  • 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
  • Along with his fabulous Rhythm Dudes, Nico glides effortlessly between rocking blues and soulful grooves with confidences and grace. Drawing passionately from a wide variety of traditionnal roots music influences while still maintaining a fresh original sound with clever and creative songwriting, Nico Duportal and his Rhythm Dudes have truly come up with a winner.

    Big Sandy, Legendary Singer from California
  • 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

    Marc Bristol, Blue Suede News, US Magazine
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Booking Management

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Rhythm Bomb Records

Nico Duportal plays Hepcat Pickups

discographie

Discography

Dealing with my Blues – CD
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 + Benoît Blue Boy et les Gaziers du Rythme  

Date City Venue Country
12/08/17 Clamecy (58) Blues en Loire Festival France
1 set Benoît Blue Boy et les Gaziers du Rythme + 1 set Nico Duportal & His Rhythm Dudes

Nico Duportal & His Rhythm Dudes  

Date City Venue Country
03/06/17 - 04/06/17 Sortland Vesterålsrock Norway
Address: Samfunnsalen, Parkveien 10, 8400 Sortland.
23/06/17 Rothrist Cruising Night Party Switzerland
Admission: Free Entry. Address: Villa Dörfli, Bernstrasse 132, 4852 Rothrist.
01/07/17 Trebsen Firebirds Festival Germany
Address: Zum Schloss 1, 04687 Trebsen/Mulde.
08/07/17 - 09/07/17 Tours (37) American Tours Festival France
Address: Parc des Expositions, Avenue Camille Chautemps, 37000 Tours.
21/07/17 Kjøpsvik Sement Blues Festival Norway
29/07/17 Człuchów Polish Boogie Festival Poland
04/08/17 Sweden TBA Sweden
11/08/17 Orléans (45) Guinguette sur les quais d’Orléans France
Address: Quai de la Loire.
12/08/17 Clamecy (58) Blues en Loire Festival France
02/09/17 Chomelix (43) Chom’Blues Festival France
16/09/17 Trouy (18) Festival Rock’In Berry France
Address: Espace Jean Marie Truchot, Avenue du Cabaret, 18570 Trouy.
03/11/17 Grande-Synthe (59) Bay Car Blues Festival France
Address: Palais du Littoral, 59760 Grande-Synthe.
04/11/17 Basel Autumn Rhythm Lounge Switzerland
Address: Fahrbar Münchenstein Tramstasse 66, 4142 Münchenstein.
11/11/17 Roubaix (59) Roubaix Vintage Weekender France
Address: La Condition Publique, 14 place Faidherbe, 59100 Roubaix.
16/11/17 Dortmund Musiktheater Piano Germany
Address: Lütgendortmunder Str. 43, Dortmund, 44388.
17/11/17 Méricourt (62) Sam Blues Festival de Méricourt France
18/11/17 Köln Museum Germany
Address: Zülpicher Platz 9, 50674 Köln.
12/01/18 Liège Blues Sphère Belgium
Address: rue Surlet 37, 4020 Liège.
13/01/18 Eindhoven Rock’n’Roll Festival Netherlands

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