Grant Dermody- Untitled- Come On Sunshine


Come On Sunshine


Singer, songwriter and acclaimed harmonica player Grant Dermody’s devotion to the blues naturally leads him in different directions. While his last album, Digging in John’s Backyard, found him collaborating with guitarist Frank Fotusky on a set of songs that paid tribute to John Jackson, a foremost practitioner and proponent of Piedmont blues, his upcoming effort, Behind the Sun, finds him returning to electric blues with a full band and the inspiration and influence of Louisiana, the place where it was recorded.

As he’s done in the past, Dermody worked with an A list of outstanding musicians, including longtime colleague and acclaimed guitarist Dirk Powell, accordion player Corey Ledet, bassist Lee Allen Zeno, drummer Gerard St. Julien, and backing vocalists Teka Briscoe and Ahyris Navarre. So too, the album encapsulates the distinctive sounds of Louisiana, environs that inspire its own take on Americana and the blues, in particular.

Dermody points with pride to the fact that everyone involved were Louisiana artists — “Louisiana musicians, the graphic designer, the photographer. Everybody.”

What’s more, Dermody is quick to tout the credentials of his fellow musicians. Powell is a four-time GrammyAward winner and widely recognized as one of the most skilled musicians operating in today’s traditional realms, a multi-talented instrumentalist who’s adept at guitar, banjo, fiddle, and piano. Zeno’s credits span hundreds of albums, including recordings by Sonny Boy Williams, Irma Thomas, Solomon Burke, and any number of others that span styles ranging from soul to zydeco. He and St. Julian also toured with Buckwheat Zydeco for many years. “It’s like they breathe in sync,” Dermody insists.  “They’re just so locked in and so cool to work with.”  So too, he notes that Ledet, a Grammy nominee, has been cited as the heir apparent to Clifton Chenier, the accordionist hailed as the King of the Zydeco.

All music presented as part of the ASF Music Project is here by the artist’s consent. All proceeds go to benefit the Foundation’s efforts in supporting orphanages and those in need.

Come On Sunshine (Lyrics)

Just climbed over yonder wall, too high to see
Just climbed over yonder wall, ain’t too high for me

Chorus-Whenever I’m all the way tired and I can’t go on
Spirit keeps me moving with a brand new song
And the music shines down, guides me on my way, takes me home

Just swam cross Jordan wide, too far to see
Just swam cross Jordan wide, ain’t too far for me


Just walked through yonder wood, too dark to see
Just walked through yonder wood, ain’t too dark for me


Come on sunshine, wake up my mind
melt the fog off, burn the clouds away
Give me sweet peace of mind, I can’t waste no more time
I’ll just follow that line



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