I have just returned from Louisiana where Dirk Powell and I, with some long-distance help from Orville Johnson, mixed my new CD. It came out great and we are excited about doing the final tweaks to get it ready for mastering. We have a CD release concert scheduled for May 15 or 16. More info to follow on that.
Orville and John and I are planning some spring time touring. We’ll keep you posted. I am also looking forward to some music with Frank Fotusky, Tim Foss, and a new low-volume, heavy groove blues band with Henry Cooper and Keith Lowe!
all the best to you all!
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
“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