Vocals and Harmonica
Since the inception of the Mudboys in 1997, Dean Dupuis’ mantra has always been “…you never get a second chance at a first impression”. At the age of 18, Dean experienced his first live blues band in a small club on Bank Street in Ottawa’s South end. No longer were rock albums purchased – for Dean it was now all about the blues. In 1990 he took is first harmonica lesson – after spending time in the ‘wood shed’ and appearing at many blues jams, Dean won a prestigious Ottawa Blues Harmonica Competition in 1997. With many influences including James Cotton, Junior Wells, Big Walter Horton and Kim Wilson, he has learned from his peers to deliver his own distinctive style of harmonica playing. In describing Dean’s vocals as the front man of The Mudboys, Norm Provencher of the Ottawa Citizen says, “Dupuis has solid pipes and a no-nonsense approach to his songs with a vaguely Kim Wilson-Downchild sound”.