It is once in a blue moon that a record comes along that feels as resonant, musical and rich as Sherman Ewing's debut, *Bluemoon *. This 2002 release was met with critical acclaim and earned Ewing national radio play as wellÝ as a loyal New York following. His raw, emotive vocals and his melodic songwriting are imbued with an introspective sensitivity. Ewing's lyrics are intuitive, honest and emotionally penetrating. Each song creates andÝ inhabits its own world, and while some are autobiographical, all articulate a rugged and interesting life.
Sherman Ewing's music is his own unique mix, and suggests a maturity, despite his 40 young years, that come from developing a multi-dimensionalÝ sound.ÝÝThat sound can be traced back to his native Minnesota, a virtual rock and roll holy land of the Mid-West, home to such wide ranging musical progeny as Bob Dylan, Prince, and Paul Westerberg. But his music also hasÝ 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 15 years.
Like the unrefined and direct sounds of his fellow Minnesotans TheÝ Replacements and Husker Du, Ewing was also influenced by England's punk music. Sherman experienced this first hand, having attended an all boy's boarding school in England during the birth and peak of the Punk movement.Ý Ewing returned to the States and later attended Columbia University where he met John "Jojo" Herman of *Widespread Panic*. The two classmates played together in *Sherman and the Bureaucrats.ÝÝ*Ewing continued to develop hisÝ sound playing with various New York bands throughout the '90s.ÝÝThen in 2002 Sherman launched his solo career, and teamed up with producer Godfry Diamond (*Lou Reed, Aerosmith, Billy Squier*).ÝÝEwing and Diamond's collaborativeÝ 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, JohnÝ Ginty (*Robert Randolph*), Jack Petruzelli (*Joan Osborne*), and David Dreiwitz (*Ween*).
In the 5 years since the release of *Bluemoon*, Sherman has been touring, including several opening stints for his friend Jojo Hermann. Sherman andÝ Godfrey are currently collaborating again for Ewing's next release, *Single Room Saloon. *ÝÝThis release will include collaborations with Ewing 's old friends Jojo Herman (*Widespread Panic*) and George Recile (*KeithÝ Richards/Bob Dylan*) as well as Anthony Krizan (*Spin Doctors*), and Tom Marshall (*Phish/Amphibian*).
Sherman will begin performing in the New York area this Fall, starting with a show at Ace of Clubs September 13, 2007 where he will be joined by RobÝ Clores (*Black Crowes)*. Ewing, known with his band collectively as Wildpie, will perform songs from *Bluemoon* as well as debut select material from *Single Room Saloon*, due early 2008.