Sherman Ewing's raw, emotive vocals and his melodic songwriting are imbued with an introspective sensitivity. His 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 forms a multi-dimensional sound that can be traced back to his native Minnesota, a virtual rock 'n roll holy land of the midwest, home to wide ranging musical progeny, such as Bob Dylan, Prince, and Paul Westerberg. Sherman's music also has traces of a New York streetwise and weary artist, owing to the fact that he's lived and worked in New York City throughout his adult life.
Sherman was influenced by punk music while attending an all boy's boarding school in England. When he returned to the USA, he attended Columbia University where he met John "Jojo" Hermann of Widespread Panic. The two classmates, who now call their duo, Missing Cats, played together in college as Sherman and the Bureaucrats. Sherman continued to develop his sound and style while playing with various New York bands throughout the '90s.
Sherman Ewing launched his solo career in 2002 when he teamed up with producer Godfrey Diamond (Lou Reed, Aerosmith, Billy Squier) to record his first album, Bluemoon.
The 11 track release boasts 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).
Bluemoon was met with critical acclaim, earned national radio play, and inspired a loyal New York following.
In the years that followed, Sherman toured and continued writing and recording songs. He reconnected with his longtime friend Jojo Hermann and the two performed together in a number of cities, including New Orleans, Chicago, Baltimore, and Savannah.
Single Room Saloon
In 2011, Sherman reunited with Godfrey Diamond to produce his long-awaited second release, Single Room Saloon, which includes collaborations with Jojo Hermann and Sherman's old friend, Tom Marshall (Phish, Amphibian). It also features George Recile on drums, Tony Guarnier on Bass (Bob Dylan), and special guests, Ivan Neville and Michael Ray.
While promoting Single Room Saloon, Sherman performed in New York, Georgia, North Carolina, and Louisiana. Plus, he and Jojo officially formed Missing Cats and began writing songs for their debut CD, Larry Brown, Amen.
Missing Cats features John "Jojo" Hermann, longtime keyboardist of Widespread Panic, and New York City-based singer-songwriter, Sherman Ewing.
Playing with only a piano and acoustic guitar on stage, Hermann and Ewing combine the sounds of New Orleans boogie-woogie piano and raw emotive songwriting.
After playing together on and off for 25 years, Jojo and Sherman officially reunited in 2008 to write new songs. Drawing material from Sherman's solo album, Single Room Saloon, and Jojo's three solo efforts, including, "Smiling Assassin," Missing Cats toured for the first time in 2009.
In March 2012, Jojo Hermann and Sherman Ewing recorded the first Missing Cats record with Grammy Award winning producer, Jon Randall Stewart. Jon has recorded with Emmy Lou Harris, Sam Bush, and Lyle Lovett. He also produced Grammy nominated Dierks Bentleys acoustic-driven album, Up on the Ridge.
Armed with new material, the songwriting acoustic duo, Missing Cats, went on tour in April 2012, performing 11 times in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Missing Cats are excited to have captured their original, down-to-earth songs and to bring their new music to fans. The duo performs 17 dates with The North Mississippi Allstars in 11 states during a four week cross-country tour from September 7 to October 6, 2012.
Larry Brown Amen
The debut album from Missing Cats, Larry Brown Amen, was released on September 4, 2012.
Sherman Ewing and Jojo Hermann toured 11 states in the Fall of 2012
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