|Hi Sherman and welcome to Melodic.net. How are you?
I’m good. Happy to be a part of 2011!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, I’m a native Midwesterner but after a circuitous couple of years, would have to say I’m a true blue New Yorker by now. I’m a Vikings fan.
How would you describe your own music?
I think that is a tough question for a lot of folks. I guess I would call it kind of earthy with a little bit of commentary. I’ve always been drawn to melody: The Beatles, Elton John, The Grateful Dead, and more recently: Band of Horses and Beach House. I usually write when I feel moved - maybe a guitar riff will strike a chord in me, and hopefully the floodgates kind of open. Most of my songs pretty much come straight out of my life experiences, or the way I experience the world around me. I’m not the most disciplined, though I’ve definitely tried to improve in sticking with, or coming back to an idea that doesn’t seem to finish itself. I have a lot of classic rock influences, some country, and a smorgasbord of other things.
What can you tell us about your album "Single-Room Saloon"?
Well, first off I’m very fortunate to have had the experience of writing and recording with amazing people, especially on “Single Room Saloon.” My producer Godfrey Diamond said a while back, "If you got lemons, make lemonade,” so when it came to making Single Room Saloon, I had lots of really juicy lemons. The CD is really about the folks whom I had the amazing fortune to collaborate with. That being said, a lot of the CD is my sense of this crazy little world we live in. That’s not necessarily what I set out for, but it seems to have turned out that way. Not for nothing, but we are living in a pretty weird time.
What are you looking forward to the most with this release?
I guess getting out and playing and starting to look towards making another record. I feel like I have learned so much. This has been an amazing process. As is the case with most good things I’ve done while on this planet, the joy is in the doing. I love the CD, but I look forward to getting on to the next one too!
Who are your main influences?
I’d have to say a lot of my heroes growing up are: Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Harry Chapin, the Stones, the Dead, but I sometimes write a song and think, "Damn, that sounds really, really familiar," and it will eat away at me and then it will turn out to sound like a song by someone I may have listened to, but wouldn’t exactly think of them as an influence. You know, any music that moves me, influences me.
Do you have any hesitations before going into the music industry, like what is the biggest challenge?
Not really, I feel like I’m only in it at this point because I like writing songs, I like playing gigs with my band and I like working with other artists. I am so humbled by the talented musicians (and producer) I have had the incredible good fortune to cross paths with. I’mreally happy just recording songs and playing them. It would be nice to make a little bread so I can pay my bandand to hear that people like what I’m doing. Actually, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I really hope people like “Single Room Saloon.”
Have you set any ultimate goals with your career?
To become a better songwriter and better musician, to write really great songs and to be happy being where I am with it all. I would love to be able to take the band of my choosing out on the road -- that would be a great thing.
Name one album that everyone should own.
“The Last Waltz”
Is there a song out there that you wish you had written?
There are a million songs out there I wish I’d written, I can’t choose just one. “You Put the Lime in the Coconut?” Only kidding. Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Shine A Light” from “Exile On Main Street.”
What does the nearest future hold or you?
Well, things are looking pretty busy. I’m putting some dates together for the spring in the North and Southeast. My friend, Jojo Hermann and I are going to record a CD this August for our side project, “Missing Cats” - Luther and Cody Dickenson from the “North Mississippi All Stars” are planning to join us in the studio, so Jojo and I have been writing for that, and I guess getting ready to get back into the studio and start working on a new Sherman CD!
Thanks for answering the questions, any final words for our readers?
Yeah, come say hi at shermanewing.com.