It is once in a blue moon that a record comes along that feels as resonant, musical and rich as Sherman Ewings debut, Bluemoon. This 2002 release was met with critical acclaim and earned Ewing national radio play, as well as a loyal New York following. His raw, emotive vocals and his melodic songwriting are imbued with an introspective sensitivity. Ewings lyrics are intuitive, honest and emotionally penetrating. Each song creates and inhabits its own world, and while some are autobiographical, all articulate a rugged and interesting life.
Sherman Ewings music is his own unique mix, and suggests a maturity, despite his 40 young years, that come from developing a multi-dimensional sound. That sound can be traced back to his native Minnesota, a virtual rock and roll holy land of the midwest, home to wide ranging musical progeny, such as Bob Dylan, Prince, and Paul Westerberg. But his music also has traces of a New York street wise and weary artist, owing to the fact that he has called New York City and Brooklyn his home these past 17 years.
Like the unrefined and direct sounds of his fellow Minnesotans, The Replacements and Husker Du, Ewing was also influenced by Englands punk music. Sherman experienced this first hand while attending an all boys boarding school in England during the birth and peak of the Punk movement. Ewing returned to the States and later attended Columbia University where he met John "Jojo" Hermann of Widespread Panic. The two classmates played together in Sherman and the Bureaucrats. Ewing continued to develop his sound playing with various New York bands throughout the 90s.
Then, in 2002, Sherman launched his solo career and teamed up with producer Godfrey Diamond (Lou Reed, Aerosmith, Billy Squier). Ewing and Diamonds collaborative chemistry was immediate and the two began to write and record songs. The result, Bluemoon. The 11 tracks boast an outstanding team of musicians, including George Recile (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan), Ivan Neville, John Ginty (Robert Randolph), Jack Petruzelli (Joan Osborne), and David Dreiwitz (Ween).
In the years since the release of Bluemoon, Sherman has been touring, including several opening stints for his friend Jojo Hermann. Sherman and Godfrey are currently collaborating again for Ewings next release, Single Room Saloon. This release will include collaborations with Ewings old friends Jojo Hermann (Widespread Panic) and George Recile (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan), as well as Anthony Krizan (Spin Doctors), and Tom Marshall (Phish, Amphibian).