Rich DelGrosso (NOW ORVILLE JOHNSON) & Grant Dermody - see below:
Rich DelGrosso is down with the flu. Orville Johnson will now be joining Grant Dermody.
... his box o rocks voice, locomotive riffs, and sparks-a-flyin licks doing nothing but right.
- Hittin The Note
Rich DelGrossos performances at clubs & festivals and airplay of his recordings, have garnered him eight Blues Music Award nominations. Six of the eight were for Best Instrumentalist for his mandolin work. The others were Best Acoustic Album of the Year: one with Fiona Boyes and Mookie Brill in 2009 for LIve From Bluesville and the other in 2015 for The Ragpicker String Band.
This writer/teacher/performer is widely regarded as the leading exponent of mandolin blues. For over thirty years DelGrosso has performed and written articles for Blues Revue, Living Blues, Mandolin Magazine, Frets, and Sing Out! and has published mandolin and guitar instruction books for Hal Leonard Publishing.
He has presented workshops across the Americas and Europe (including our own Centrum Blues), earning him a Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation in Memphis.
Grant Dermody is a harmonica player, singer, songwriter, and teacher from Seattle, Washington. No Depression magazines Joe McSpadden called him a harp wizard with a panoramic view of roots music styles, both old world and new and indeed, there is magic in what he makes.
Grants musical travels have seen him playing with many of Americas most celebrated acoustic musicians. Since 2006, hes toured in the US and Europe and recorded five albums with guitarist Eric Bibb. He also performs live in a trio with Orville Johnson and John Miller, releasing two albums in the process: Deceiving Blues (2006) and 2011s We Heard the Voice of a Porkchop. In addition, Dermody has performed with folk icon Leon Bib and blues legends Honeyboy Edwards, Robert Lowery, Big Joe Duskin, John Dee Holeman, and John Cephas. Guitar maestro Frank Fotusky also continues to be a touring co-conspirator.
Grant's latest recording, Sun Might Shine on Me, marks a long-awaited encore to 2010s masterful Lay Down My Burden. He made a pilgrimage from his native Seattle to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana to capture its 15 tracks, recording with a handpicked band at the studio of revered roots musician Dirk Powell. Powell both played on the record, while engineering and mixing as well. Featuring Grant's own compositions along with classics from the Americana songbook, this new disc is no less than a quest one that connects directly with the sonic soul of the land. Employing a phenomenal lineup of 26 guest stars including many of the blues elder statesmen Sun might Shine on Me intertwines original songs and timeless covers, a set that displays his pioneering approach alongside of his commitment to the timeless traditions of the blues. As the scholar and musician Kim Field says of this latest release, Grant Dermody takes his place in the front ranks of American roots-music performers.
Rainshadow Recording Studio (View)
Fort Worden State Park, Bldg 315 West
Port Townsend, WA 98368
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