I was at the event, invited by the family, and spent time with them, as well
as working with Lee Butterfield and Peter Wolf on their speeches. What you
see on HBO is but a small part of what happened for the Butter group. Mark
Naftalin gave a terrific speech extending his acceptance to also include the
members of the later Butter bands. The girl on stage was Mike Bloomfield's
niece, who, unfortunately, went unnoticed. Jerome Arnold was found in
Paris, France, but was unable to come.
Other than the atrocious version of "Born in Chicago" by Zac Brown (really?
Zac Brown???? That's just showbiz for you) it was a wonderful night. The
exhibit at the R&R Hall of Fame is great too, and includes Paul's harmonica
case, with harps and mics, generously donated by his last wife Kathryn.
Be glad to expand if anyone would like. TOM
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Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 06:37:41 -0500
From: PT Gazell <ptgazell@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [Harp-L] Review of Grant Dermody's new CD
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"Sun Might Shine On Me"
When an artist arrives at a point in their career where everything feels
correct, that to me is maturity. Some artists arrive earlier than others.
Some later. Still others, only after they have seen the best and worse life
has to offer.
After listening to Grant Dermody's latest offering, "Sun Might Shine On Me,"
I believe he has experienced all three scenarios. I met Grant at SPAH 7 or 8
years ago. My initial impression was that here was a player who was
comfortable in his own skin and knew what he was trying to say musically.
Shortly after that, Grant had a personal tragedy which certainly impacted
his artistic direction. Finally, we come to this new CD which is, in my
opinion, his finest work.
This project smacks you in the face right from jump. It's obvious that
Grants playing and singing were done live. The engineering captures this
perfectly. There is an immediacy to the performances that really shine. All
the players seem to understand exactly how to frame the songs.
A noticeable departure from previous projects, is that Grant penned more
than half of the songs. Eight to be precise. It turns out that several of
these are my favorite cuts. "Tree of Life," "Easy Down," "Ain't Goin Back,"
and "Sun Might Shine," all are excellent! Other notables include "Illinois
Blues," which has a great mandolin solo and "Baby Please Don't Go."
Grant and the boys cover a surprising range of genres on this project.
Traditional, Country Blues, Cajun, and Old Timey. Normally this makes for a
disjointed presentation. Happily, they pull this off while never jerking the
listener out of the moment or concept.
All the musicians Grant assembled for this are just right. Never any rushed
feel, no awkward moments. A last minute addition to the roster was Jockey
Etienne. Good call...he add drums on several cuts in what I can only
describe as "A Slinky Pocket."
Finally I would be remiss if I did not talk about Grant's harmonica playing.
His tone is thick, rich, and very expressive. The solos are kind of like
having a conversation with him...even and tempered. His acoustic work has
the right attitude. His amplified approach, is a gut grabber. Here is a
harmonica player not afraid to play the instrument like a harmonica....novel
concept huh? As I said at the start....it's music from a very mature player,
and I could not be happier.
"Sun Might Shine On Me"
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:42:14 +0100
From: "Brian Irving" <brian.irving@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [Harp-L] Malaga Spain
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Any blues in Malaga, Spain this week? (20-25 June)
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:17:44 -0400
From: Rich Eisenberg <catketch2@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] The worst harmonica ever sold
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On Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 8:39 PM, Ken Deifik <kenneth.d@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Greetings to all my old pals at Harp-l. I hope you are all doing well.
Since Harp-l is read by new players who are just learning, I'd like to
post this warning.
Story: I was driving to a session this morning when I remembered that
I had taken the F harp out of my box and left it out, and did not have
an F harp. Even though I knew that I wasnb