Its been almost 4 years since Sherman last played in the Twin Cities. That show was at the now defunct Blues Saloon (a blues venue with some rich history that will be missed). Sherman was born in Louisiana and grew up across the boarder in Texas were he was influenced first hand by the guitar playing of Freddie King and Albert Collins. He started touring as a teenager with Bobby Bland and later joined Clifton Chenier's band where he spent 2 years learning how to "really" work an audience from the master. Sherman as been touring for most of the last 3 decades where he has honed his exceptional guitar skills to a fine point. A master showman, Robertson knows how to play up to an audience and get them involved in his shows-whether he is up on the front edge of the stage interacting with the audience or out playing in the crowd where he can give you a one-on-one show, he is electrifying.
During this show at Famous Dave's, Robertson treated us to a musical journey that included stops in Chicago, Memphis and his favorite state of Texas-from slow, sensual blues, to Zydeco stomps, to all-out screaming Texas guitar. It was below zero outside but the room was reaching the boiling point inside as Robertson ended the night with the audience screaming for more. They didn't want to see him stop playing. I understand he had an even stronger response the next night at the Narrows Saloon in the western suburbs.
After producing his most recent CD on AudioQuest Sherman has recently joined Alligator Records and has a new album due out later this year.
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