Sherman Ewing’s music conveys a hard-earned maturity and a gritty style that can be traced back to his native Minnesota, a virtual rock and roll holy land of the Midwest. His sound has also been seasoned by two decades of experience as a street-wise singer/songwriter in New York City.
Early on, Ewing was influenced by the unrefined, raw style of fellow Minnesotans, The Replacements and Husker Du, as well as by England’s punk music scene he experienced while attending an all boys boarding school in the UK. After prep school, Ewing attended Columbia University in New York City where he met John “Jojo” Hermann, best known now for Widespread Panic (and Missing Cats).
Sherman’s solo career began in 2002 when he teamed up with producer Godfrey Diamond (Lou Reed, Aerosmith, Billy Squier). Ewing and Diamond’s collaborative chemistry was immediate, resulting in the writing and recording of Ewing’s debut CD, “Bluemoon.”
In 2006, after playing together on and off for 25 years, Sherman Ewing and Jojo Hermann officially united as the Alt/Blues/Rock duo, Missing Cats. The duo has toured steadily in the years since, building up a loyal following and making notable appearances, including being invited to play Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam in 2010 with such legendary musicians as Steve Miller and Greg Allman.
In 2011, Sherman released his solo rock album, “Single Room Saloon” to widespread acclaim, including multiple placements in USA Today and elsewhere. The collection included collaborations with Jojo Hermann, George Recile (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan), Tony Garner (Bob Dylan) as well as Anthony Krizan (Spin Doctors), and Tom Marshall (Phish, Amphibian).
In 2012, Missing Cats was joined in the studio by Mike Mills (REM), the North Mississippi All Stars and other special guests, resulting in the release of “Larry Brown Amen.” The duo supported the album with an 18-city tour, backed by The North Mississippi All Stars.
Sherman’s wrenching album, “Cross My Broken Heart” was released in 2015, and as mentioned above, was inspired in part by his experiences during Hurricane Sandy.
Read a review of “Cross My Broken Heart” at NoDepression.com, the Journal of Roots Music.
Read a review of “Cross My Broken Heart” in NeuFutur Magazine.
Since the 2015 release, Sherman has continued to perform both solo and with Jojo Hermann in the New York City Area and in select cities in the USA.
This Spring (2017), Sherman is finishing up tracking for a fall release. He is set for a Spring Residency at Rockwood Music Hall (April 8 and 22 at 9 pm) in New York City. These performances will feature sneak peaks of his new material.