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Early Blues Interview
Sherman Robertson


© Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Alan:        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, Texas?

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 days?

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 new)?

© Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Sherman:  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 album?

Sherman:  Something bigger than Life!  

© Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Alan:        Who has influenced you the most in your music writing and playing?

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 Persuasion 

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?

© Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Sherman:  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 – Live’?

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?

© Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Sherman: 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.

 Alan:       Many thanks Sherman.

© Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.

UK & European Tour 2010 Dates


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