The Louisiana Sessions

Grant Dermody, harmonica player
Grant Dermody

Posted on March 30, 2014

Happy Spring to you!
After many changes in schedule and a few calendar summits, we are ready to record my third CD, The Louisiana Sessions.
We, (that is Dirk Powell, Orville Johnson, Cedric Watson, Rich Del Grosso and me), will gather at Dirk’s studio mid-April to lay down the tracks. After that comes mixing, mastering, graphic design and all the rest.
I hope to have the CD out and a release concert planned by July.
Thank you all for the contributions; energetic and financial. You have helped us get this far!
all the very best to you all

Posted on October 30, 2013
Hello! My name is Grant Dermody. I am a harmonica player, singer, songwriter and tunesmith from Seattle, Washington. I play acoustic American Roots music. I am raising money to record and manufacture my third CD, The Louisiana Sessions. We start recording in January 2014 at Dirk Powell’s studio in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

I have been a working musician for over thirty years. I have performed, toured and recorded with some of the very best. I have been a sideman, a band member and solo artist. My last two solo records had over 20 guest artists each. Each CD was a testament to and an attempt to capture the musical relationships I have developed throughout my life and career. You can read about them on my website You can also see my complete discography and biography.

My most recent record, Lay Down My Burden 2010 was made during the two years my wife, Eileen, was ill and before her passing. That record was about strength, power, depth of love, perseverance, and community. It was difficult to do but it emerged as a beautiful record and one of which I am very proud.

I am ready to make a new record, with a deeper power, a more joyful strength and a smaller musical community. With this recording, I’ll be doing what I do best, playing Country Blues, Old-Time and Cajun music with some good friends and fabulous musicians. I have written a bunch of new tunes for this project and am ready to get to work laying them down.

I will be joined by Dirk Powell and Orville Johnson on all the tunes. Cedric Watson will join us on fiddle for the old-time and cajun tunes, and Rich Del Grosso will play mandolin on the deep, low-down blues tunes. All are great friends and musicians and are ready, willing and able to help me make the best possible CD. They are also a group I can tour with once the record is out.

Dirk Powell will be the engineer for the project and it will be mastered by nine-time Grammy winner Michael Bishop from 5/4 Productions.

I have the vision and tunes for a great record, and I have the best musicians working with me as well. Thank you for your help with the financial part to bring it all to life.

What folks are saying about Grant:

“Grant Dermody explodes your expectations of blues harmonica players. He can get down with the best of them, but he can also tear through a Southern old-time fiddle tune, or step back to tastefully accompany a singer with the most subtle of background flourishes. He’s a musician’s musician, no doubt, which should account for the fact that he’s in such demand these days. His taste is impeccable and his playing inspired.” – Hearth Music

“Accompanied only by Grant Dermody on harmonica, Eric played his guitar with such passion and intensity, and his sound was so full, that I never thought about the lack of bass, drums, keyboards or horns. I was more impressed with Eric and Grant than all the other great musicians who played the festival. Maybe it was because they chose to present their music in the same manner as the earliest blues players, so that even in a large crowd I felt the intimacy I might have at a juke joint. Eric and Grant received a standing ovation at 1:30 in the afternoon! If you’ve ever been to an outdoor, daytime festival, you know that it takes a special act to get people on their feet under a blazing sun.” 2009 Monterey Blues Festival Review

Listen to: “Eric Bibb and Grant Dermody on Mountain Stage”

“My good friend Grant Dermody is a tall man with a big tone and a huge heart. His playing is the rare combination of technical mastery and deep soulfulness. He has mastered styles ranging from old time fiddle tunes to deep blues and gospel. Grant is well aware of the healing power of music and he gives it out in double doses.”– Phil Wiggins

“Grant Dermody is one of the greatest blues and roots harmonica players around. His playing reaches deep into the well of tradition and at the same time takes the music to exciting new places with a very personal sound. Working with him in the studio and on the stage is always a pleasure.” – Eric Bibb

“Grant is on the five-finger list of best harmonica players in the country today in acoustic blues and old-time music. His technique and tone are literally breathtaking. He’s a player’s player who elevates the sound and mood of everyone around him. He’s also an audience favorite who wins over crowds the hard way—not by showboating, but by playing tough tunes with taste and subtlety and making them consistently interesting. He’s simply one of the greatest harp players ever to come out of the Pacific Northwest.” – Mark Hoffman (Co-author of Moanin’ at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin’ Wolf)

“Grant has it all. Time, phrasing, great ideas, and above all a stunning tone. Totally in the tradition but with a real voice of his own. ” – Wayne Horvitz

“This is a first-rate solo album from a mature musician who really loves what he is doing, and in a world where there is a great deal of competition, this guy can certainly hold his own . ” – Bob Tilling, Blues In Britain Magazine

“Grant’s harmonica playing, though virtuosic, is not the bombastic pseudo-virtuosity of the psychedelic fantasy freak-out or cold mathematical noodlerama, but an articulate poetic statement with a big evocative vocal tone the tells the song’s story with a moving lyricism. ” – Mark Graham

“Lots of soul and plenty of taste.”– Jelly Roll Johnson-Nashville session harmonicist

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