Grant Dermody- Untitled- I’d Do It All Again

I'd Do It All Again

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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.

I’d Do It All Again (Lyrics)

God keeps laughing at my plans
I don’t recognize my aching hands
No time nor place to make my stand
I don’t know what to do

If I knew, I would have warned her
Her smile rests in every corner
Nothing left to do but mourn
That much I know is true

How deep the love was, means that’s how deep the pain
If I knew then like I know now, I’d do it all again
I’m tired and I’m lonely, so one more day I’ll roam
She’s not there, how do I call it home?

Weeds are all around my yard
My hearts in tatters, rags, and shards
I need a hand with better cards
Before my time comes due

Fields of unattended sorrow
Not today and not tomorrow
Some are mine, some are borrowed
Some belong to you



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