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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Grant Dermody - My Dony - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, My Dony, from Grant Dermody, and it's real, old school southern blues. Opening with title track, My Dony, Grant Dermody on lead vocal and harmonica shows real grit with the richness of hill country blues. Dirk Powell, who plays lead guitar and also worked as the engineer on the release, makes ever guitar note count with a solid backing band of Jamie Dick on drums and Jason Sypher on bass. With more of an urban feel, One Step At A Time, still has a raw purity but sounding more Chicago with fat harp work by Dermody and the addition of Corey Ledet on accordion.  Very cool. On slower, Springtime Blues, not only are Dermody's vocals point on but Powell's lead guitar work plays nicely against the strong harmonica lines of Dermody. Very nice. Corner Strut is definitely a contemporary piece with a heavy bass line and bouncy drum rhythm. Dermody's vocals seem to skip across the music like a stone and his harmonica work adds great texture. A cool solo by Ledet adds a different dimension for funk music making this another cool entry. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Come On Sunshine with Dermody teaming up with Kelli Jones on lead vocal and some real cool stumble drumming from Dick. With a surf overtone, 35-59 is a cool rocker. This is the kind of track that could easily find itself as a tv show theme or a radio hit...quirky but cool. Wrapping the release is Hometown Blues, a straight up shuffle with strong lead vocals and harmonica lead by Dermody over a solid blues vamp. Solid closer for a strong release. 

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