Sherman Ewing
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Sherman Ewing

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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"WILDYSWORLD – CD Review"

Sherman Ewing walked through hell and lives to tell the tale. Tell it he does on his latest album, Single Room Saloon. The Columbia University grad, who once played in a band called Sherman And The Bureaucrats with John “Jojo” Hermann of Widespread Panic, grew up in British boarding schools during the birth of the punk movement. His songwriting evokes some of that attitude infused into a blend of pop, rock and country. With an all-star band at his back (members have worked with Bob Dylan, Spin Doctors, Hank Williams, Jr., Phish, Keith Richards and Widespread Panic), Ewing opens an emotional vein for all the world to hear.
Single Room Saloon opens with “Heaven Waits”, an intriguing commentary on materialism and the corruption it breeds. Ewing points to a light in the distance in a delicious blend of country guitars and sophisticated rock n roll. “Single Room Saloon” has a distinctly urgent feel; imagine the Beatles playing in an Americana style. The result is an edgy sound that will stay with you. “Grey Skies Blue” is catchy, but its Ewing’s guitar work that most stands out. It’s a tune about that one person who makes even the darkest day bright, and brings to mind some of the better works of Wilco. “Flatlands” is a dreamy Americana blend that’s as pleasing to the ear as it is pointed in message.
“Walk On” is all about making your way in the world and finding your place. It’s a delicious bit of soulful, buzzy rock and roll. Things slow down for a couple of songs, but Ewing gets back on track with “Bye Bye America”. Ewing laments those who would stand by and watch America’s decline as long as they get what they feel is coming to them. Ewing keeps up the social commentary on “The Mission”, delving into the growing gap between rich and poor and the inability of the latter to keep up. Ewing closes with “Marilyn”, an inconspicuous final track that plays like an epilogic vector.
Sherman Ewing shows a distinctive ability in the crafting of songs on Single Room Saloon. The material presented here is, for the most part, cogently written and melodically sound. Ewing’s special talent is in the musical details, which he wraps around the melodic core in layers both distinctive and refined. Not all of the songs here work on all levels, but there’s more than enough here to make Single Room Saloon worth your time. - Wildy's World


"CD Review"

Single Room Saloon is the product of an artist with a troubled past, told through a voice that is truly genuine. Sherman Ewing’s traumatic life has included the death of both of his parents and a battle with drugs. But through his music, he moves forward—emerging as a triumphant storyteller with a soulful brand of pop-friendly rock that, at times, channels a sound similar to early folk-period Dylan with an upbeat twist. On his second release, Ewing attracts an impressive list of guests including longtime collaborator JoJo Hermann (Widespread Panic), Michael Ray (Sun Ra, Kool and the Gang), Phish lyricist Tom Marshall and more. The album also features jangly country guitar lines from former Spin Doctors’ guitarist Anthony Krizan (“Grey Skies Blue”) and Ray’s climactic trumpet hooks (“Heaven Waits,” “Single Room Saloon”).


Ewing wrote or co-wrote all 10 songs on the album, which features a notable community of musicians – including Bob Dylan, Phish, Keith Richards, Widespread Panic, Spin Doctors, Sun Ra and Hank Williams, Jr alum.


The acclaimed CD is available digitally now via iTUNES, Amazon and CDBaby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/shermanewing2,) and will be released via brick-and-mortar this Spring, to coincide with a series of U.S. tour dates – details will be announced soon. Ewing evokes John Hiatt, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, The Beatles and others with his upbeat and eclectic mix of country, rock, pop and singer-songwriter tracks…Surprises abound, as Ewing opens songs with country guitars and then unabashedly shifts to soulful trumpet, delivers dreamy harmonies on ‘Flatland’, and crafts killer hooks on tracks such as ‘Grey Skies Blue’. Ewing’s processed vocals and understated, tense grooves drive the title track to its trumpet crescendo, and on the anthemic ‘Walk On,’ he reflects on the night of his mother’s death. Ewing is a winning storyteller, and his down-home lyrics have an inviting quality that draw the listener in.
- Relix Magazine


"Critic's Pick CD Review"

It's widely believed that all contemporary singer/songwriters owe some debt to Bob Dylan, but few acknowledge it as unabashedly as Ewing does. That's in large part because of the younger troubadour's voice, a rough-hewn, keening instrument that grasps like a desperate lover for the higher notes, sometimes in vain. But Ewing's rootsy, accessible tunes also have a wry lyricism that suggests a hard-won emotional integrity — and make Saloon's sentimental flourishes not just pardonable, but endearing. — Elysa Gardner Download: Heaven Waits, Happiness, The Mission - USA Today


"Listen Up"

“Rootsy, Accessible Tunes…a Wry Lyricism That Suggests a Hard-Won Emotional Integrity” -- ‘The Mission’ is a “Standout Track” - USA Today


Discography

2002 - Blue Moon
2011 - Single Room Saloon

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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 well 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 and 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-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 England's punk music. Sherman experienced this first hand while attending an all boy's 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 Diamond's 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 Ewing's next release, Single Room Saloon. This release will include collaborations with Ewing's 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).

On January 11, 2011, Sherman's long awaited new CD, Single Room Saloon, was released in digital format. The brick-and-mortar release for the 10-song collection is scheduled for Spring 2011. Read the press reports about Single Room Saloon.