Harmonica wiz Grant Dermody delivers ‘Sun Might Shine on Me’

Grant‘Sun Might Shine on Me’
Grant Dermody (self-released)
3.5 stars out of 5

For acclaimed blues musician — and avowed Buddhist — Grant Dermody, it’s all about the harmonica. He wields his signature instrument with authority on latest effort “Sun Might Shine on Me,” a rootsy gem of a slab recorded in the heart of blues country in southwestern Louisiana.

Grant CD“Whatever emotion you have, you can get it out through the harmonica as long as you’re willing to go there,” Dermody insists. “It’s the closest thing to the human voice.”

“Sun Might Shine on Me” is a 15-track mix of originals and traditional blues tunes with Dermody front and center on harmonica and vocals. He’s surrounded himself with an impressive array of supporting players, including Dirk Powell (banjo/bass), Cedric Watson (fiddle), Jockey Etienne (drums), Orville Johnson (guitar) and Rich Del Grosso (mandolin).

The opening tandem of “Boll Weevil” and “When You Left” lures the listener in, and Dermody maintains hi sgrip with keepers “Just a Little While,” “Easy Down,” “Baby Please Don’t Go,” “Reuben’s Train” and “Crossing Over.” Enjoy, y’all. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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