Johnson, Miller & Dermody

...have played together for over a decade and a half and this trio has been one of the Pacific Northwest's best-kept secrets until now. All three have busy solo careers but have found time to gather together to play this rootsy, bluesy, soulful music that they love. They sat down at David Lange's studio and played the music found on Deceiving Blues all together in the same room, in real time, no headphones, no studio gimmicks, and no attempts to fix things later. Honest, immediate, heartfelt and real, in the tradition of the artists and music that inspired them. They repeated the method with their latest offering, We Heard the Voice of a PorkChop.

They first played as a trio when all three were on staff at the Centrum Blues Workshop in Port Townsend WA. They are known among aficionados of country blues as three of the finest teachers as well as players. With the release of these CDs and more concert bookings across the land, the rest of the world should soon find out what a select group already knows...these artists are three of the finest interpreters and creators of acoustic blues working today.



Orville Johnson

 ...was born and raised in the southern Illinois heartland. He acquired his love of singing as a youth in the fundamentalist Pentecostal church he attended and, when he later began playing guitar and dobro, responded to the roots music that surrounded him by learning to play the blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and country music that are all part of the mosaic that characterizes his own mongrel music. 

He is a singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, and, above all, an instinctive and sensitive musician. As his entry in the Encyclopedia of Northwest Music (Sasquatch Press 1999) states, he has become a vital figure on the NW music scene in the twenty-some years he’s lived there, appearing on over 400 CDs, movie and video soundtracks, commercials, producing 15 CDs for other artists, and hosting a roots music radio show

Orville is also known as a patient and insightful teacher of music and has taught often at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop as well as the International Guitar Seminar, Pt. Townsend Blues Workshop, EuroBlues Workshop, ResoSummit, Walker Creek Music Camp, and others. He has written for Fretboard Journal and is a contributing editor at Acoustic Guitar magazine, and has CDs of his own music available including Blueprint for the Blues, Slide & Joy, Freehand, and others. Check his website at... 



John Miller

...has over forty years experience as a professional performing and teaching musician and composer. His first solo recordings were made when he was twenty years old and he had released five solo albums to international acclaim before the age of thirty. He has taught guitar privately since his high school years and has been much in demand for teaching at music camps, including the Port Townsend Country Blues Workshop, Guitar Intensives, the European Blues Association Blues Week, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, British Columbia Swing Camp, and others. In addition to his performing with Johnson, Miller, & Dermody, John has continued to record and perform in duos with mandolinist John Reischman, violinist Ruthie Dornfeld,with the Brazilian trio Zumbido, and as a soloist. John has released 15 instructional DVDs on a variety of topics for Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop. Check out his website at... 



Grant Dermody 

…(pronounced DER muh dee) is a harmonica player and singer known for his rich tone, tasteful solos, and solid rhythmic playing. Grant moves through a wide variety of musical styles while maintaining his own distinctive sound. 

A sought after accompanist, Grant has appeared on several Jim Page recordings, plays on Dan Crary's album, Renaissance of the Steel String Guitar; and has also recorded with Eric Bibb, Scott Law, John Cephas, Michael Grey (of Pearl Django) and Mike Dowling. Grant has performed with Rich Del Grosso, Dirk Powell, Cedric Watson, Big Joe Duskin, JohnDee Holeman, Robert Lowrey, and Honeyboy Edwards. He was a featured artist with Orchestra Seattle playing the harmonica part in Huntley Beyer's Symphony, Romantic Lines. He is a member of the blues influenced old-time band, The Improbabillies, whose self-titled CD on the Yodel-A-Hee label is a fine example of Grant's innovative playing and has released two acclaimed solo CDs, Crossing That River and Lay Down My Burden. 

Grant teaches harmonica at the Port Townsend Country Blues Festival, The Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia, the Euro Blues Week in England and several other workshops and festivals. Check his website for more info at 

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Kenyon Hall

Kenyon Hall, 7904 35th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA

Acoustic blues ala JMD!!! A rare West Seattle sighting!!


Marc Hoffman House Concert

Marc Hoffman House Concert

John, Grant, and Orville bring the country blues magic to an intimate house concert in Duvall WA. Come join them!!!


JMD with special guest Rich Del Grosso

Kenyon Hall, 7904 35th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA

JMD play their sweet country blues and welcome blues buddy Rich Del Grosso from Houston TX, known far and wide for his mandolin mastery!!!

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