biographie

Biography

Reeling n Rockin' Soulful 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
concerts

Next Gigs

Benoit Blue Boy avec Nico Duportal et ses Gaziers du Rythme  

Date City Venue Country
01/11/17 Paris Balajo France
Address: 9 rue de Lappe, 75011 Paris.
02/11/17 L’Isle-d’Abeau (38) Le Blues Café Live ! France
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: Free Entry. Address: Le Millenium, 22 Avenue du Bourg, 38080 L’Isle-d’Abeau. Radio Show !
15/12/17 Clermont-Ferrand (63) Poco Loco France
Address: 10 rue Fontgiève, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand.

Nico Duportal & His Rhythm Dudes  

Date City Venue Country
02/09/17 Retournac (43) Chom’Blues Festival France
Address: 13 allée des platanes, 43130 Retournac.
16/09/17 Trouy (18) Festival Rock’In Berry France
Address: Espace Jean Marie Truchot, Avenue du Cabaret, 18570 Trouy.
21/10/17 Illkirch-Graffenstaden (67) Boogie Spirit Festival France
Address: L’Illiade, 11 allée François Mitterrand 67400 Illkirch-Graffenstaden.
01/11/17 Paris Balajo France
Address: 9 rue de Lappe, 75011 Paris.
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 Tramstrasse 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 Avion (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
16/03/18 Paris Le Triton France
Address: 11 Bis Rue du Coq Français, 93260 Les Lilas.
30/03/18 Grande-Synthe (59) Le Palais du Littoral France
Address: Palais du Littoral, 59760 Grande-Synthe. 1ère partie de Sanseverino
29/06/18 Mern South Island Rumble Denmark

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Nico Duportal uses Nocturne Brain Pedals

Dixiefrog Records

LOGO-geschwungen-gerastert

Rhythm Bomb Records

Nico Duportal plays Hepcat Pickups

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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
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