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For years I have played the blues song, "Try To Find Another Man," and have had people guess if the singer was young or old, black or white, and man or woman. No one ever guessed that the singer, Monica Dupont, was young, red-haired, white, and six feet tall. I often wondered what had happened to her. Then one day, twenty years later, she contacted me. I was glad to find she was still with us. Monica was the only white girl vocalist, band leader, guitarist, and songwriter on the local (San Francisco) blues scene from 1975 to 1983. She and her band, including people still playing the blues today, performed in a lot of different venues and played a variety of blues-based music to introduce the blues to a wider audience, and to show that there were blues in almost every type of song. The group also recorded songs, mainly written by Monica.
Monica's deep baritone voice is what makes her unique. She truly sounds like an older black man or woman who was born in the South sixty years ago. She used to have a three octave range and could sing a lower range of notes than John Lee Hooker. She has been singing most of her life. She sings with good expression and entertains audiences with her imaginative, original songs. One fan, who recently heard this album, said, "You have a unique and extraordinary voice that attracts attention and it was obviously meant for you to sing the blues with...Sing to the world."
In addition to singing and song writing, Monica also plays guitar. She plays a few solos on this album, and also shares the lead guitar playing with Jim Thorsen. The songs were all recorded between 1980 and 1983. Except for "Try To Find Another Man," Monica wrote all the other songs, which have never been released before. Hoddyman Records is issuing this CD to reminisce about some of her favourite songs in the early eighties and to introduce her music to new blues fans. The CDs is also to remind people that Monica still has a musical message. She has big musical plans for the seven hundred plus songs that she has written. She wants to record a lot of them and also let other musicians use her songs.
The songs on the CD are written in different musical styles with a blues base in all of them. None of the songs have that "dated" sound. They sound as good today as when they were recorded. "Meet Me At The Deluxe Inn" is a peppy, blues shuffle song which talks about an after hours club in the East Bay. " Try To Find Another Man," which I have already mentioned, is a traditional blues song. "Walkin' Around Frisco," has a perky rockabilly sound to it. There is a distinct country western sound to her "When I Woke Up I Was Over You." "Checkin' Out" has a rock'n'roll flavour to it. And of course, " The Lord Is Recalling Sinners," is a gospel-like song. The fantastic mixing really shows off the instruments as well as the vocals. The late great Bobby Forte' blows some beautiful sax solos in a few of the tunes. He reminds me of the very soulful saxophonist, King Curtis.
Monica spent years hiding some of her handicaps from the world. She wanted to be judged on her own musical merits, rather than because she was handicapped. She had polio as a child which left nerve and muscle damage. A stroke in 1983 brought back some of her polio symptoms and now she has Post Polio Syndrome, and is in a wheelchair. One problem now is having enough stamina to get through the days and weeks. She did a variety of writing screenplays and TV shows, etc. while she was in Southern California for the last twenty years. Now she is back in the Bay Area and ready to shine forth with her song writing and recording.
This CD is a good showcase for Monica's unusual vocals and diverse
song writing abilities. The varied songs are most enjoyable to hear over
and over again. There is also a ˜single CD" released with "Meet Me At
The Deluxe Inn and "Try To Find Another Man" on the other side for those
blues lovers who want their blues straight up without a chaser. For
further information, contact:
Maria Bainer © October, 2003