Friday, January 29, 2021

Bluesman Sherman Robertson RIP

I've read reports that Sherman Robertson, one of the most consistent and best bluesmen that I've seen over the last 30 or so years, has died at the age of 72. It's a real shame, as he always put on a first rate show wherever he played - and I've seen him many times in London, New Orleans, Utrecht and elsewhere. Born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, his music had influences of zydeco and swamp blues as well as straight ahead blues and his performances always involved real showmanship and great guitar work. He began playing with bluesmen in Houston including Bobby Bland and recorded two albums with his band the Crosstown Blues Band for the Lunar II label. He went on to join Clifton Chenier's band and, after Chenier's death, played with Rockin' Dopsie, Johnny Copeland and Terrance Simien and also played on Paul Simon's 'Graceland' album. His first solo album was I'm The Man', recorded for the Code Blue label in 1994 and produced by Mike Vernon, followed by 'Here and Now'. Other albums included 'Going Back Home' and 'Guitar Man -Live'. Together with his band BluesMove he played at the Rhythm Festival in the UK in 2011 but reportedly had a stroke the following year. RIP to one of the blues greats.

2 Comments:

At 9:37 pm , Blogger Unknown said...

Rest In Cuz.....

 
At 6:43 pm , Blogger Unknown said...

too true, Sherman Robertson was a huge influence in the early 90's. our gang saw him many times, I spoke to him many times after gigs and he always went out of his way for a chat. Super friendly chap, and a blisteringly good guitar player with so much passion and feel. He will be sadly missed. RIP.

 

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