How old were you when you moved from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
to Houston Texas?
Sherman: Moved to Houston when 2 years old.
Alan: What are your musical memories growing up in Houston,
Sherman: 60’s era Don Robey Peacock Records.
Alan: Did you always was to become a musician?
Sherman: No always wanted to go to seminary to be a priest.
Alan: How did you get started in music?
Sherman: After I watched Hank Williams on T.V. that was my inspiration.
Alan: What kind of material were you playing in the early
Sherman: Top 40’s
Alan: What was it like playing in Clifton Chenier’s band?
Sherman: It was the greatest experience of Leadership and I learned a
lot from him.
Alan: Who are your favourite zydeco artists (both old and
Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat.
Young artist Leroy Thomas.
Alan: Do you ever go back to Louisiana to play zydeco?
Sherman: Once and a while, when I am off tour! Visit family...
Alan: What first attracted you to the blues?
Sherman: Freddie King, B.B. King, Bobby Bland.
Alan: Who are your favourite blues artists (both old and new)?
Sherman: Freddie King (Old) Stevie Ray Vaughan (new).
Alan: What was it like playing for Paul Simon on the Graceland
Sherman: Something bigger than Life!
Who has influenced you the most in your music writing and
Sherman: I listen to all types of music and writers and pull from all
styles... Life influenced me the most.
Alan: What was the best blues album you ever bought?
Sherman: Bobby Bland – Two Steps from the Blues, Robert Cray - Strong
Alan: What is your favourite guitar?
Sherman: Fender ES 175.
Alan: Are there any particular songs that you play that have
special meaning to you?
Sherman: Am I losing you! and Make it Rain. Some life experiences that
I went through.
Alan: ‘He ruled the stage and had the audience in the palm of
his hands – just plain physical showmanship’ said Alligator Records
president Bruce Iglauer. How important is it for you to be able to
mix with the audience?
It’s about connecting to the audience so that they leave changed by the
music and the connection that I can give them. This is so that I can
take them with me on my journey when I play. I want to bring them from
sad to happiness... with my music.
Alan: How healthy do you think the blues scene is in the UK
compared with the US?
Sherman: Not healthy because it’s not on the main stream music.
Alan: Tell me about the making of your album ‘Guitar Man –
Sherman: At the time Little Feet thought I was the real deal... so
with that said we decided to do a live version to bring the upfront real
me to introduce me to a new crowd.
Alan: A lot of music styles may be fads but the blues is
always with us. Why do you think that is?
Its everyday life and it’s about real people.
Alan: How do you see the future of blues music?
Sherman: It’s too early to tell...
Alan: How do you see the future of zydeco music?
Sherman: Its reached its peak... it used to be fun music lively
and feel good... now they want to make it serious it just won’t work...
Alan: What are your future plans / gigs / tours / albums?
Sherman: Not sure, taking one day at a time. In future looking to
do another album/dvd video.
Many thanks Sherman.
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