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Sherman Robertson

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Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Sherman Robertson is a product of the region of the country that he grew up in: he’s one part zydeco, one part swamp blues, one part electric blues, and one part classic rhythm & blues. His guitar playing style is extremely rhythm-based, but at the same time, he plays some extraordinary slide guitar, and in the course of one of his typical three-hour shows, he’ll play a lot of great solos. Robertson’s rhythmic playing is no doubt an outgrowth of his several years on the road in the ’80s with the king of zydeco, Clifton Chenier. He also served tenures with Rockin’ Dopsie and Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys before deciding he wanted to venture out with his own high-energy blues style several years ago. Fortunately for Robertson, some folks at a major label, Atlantic/Code Blue, took notice.

Robertson recorded two albums for Atlantic/Code Blue, a label that shut down operations in 1996. Robertson’s albums include his stunning debut, I’m the Man (1994) and Here & Now (1995).

“I focus on the good time, upbeat blues,” says Robertson, born in Breaux Bridge, LA but raised across the border in nearby Houston. “Playing with zydeco bands all that time, everybody was always dancing. The guys I learned from were all playing dance music. When zydeco blues comes to town, you can’t sit still. Yet people have this concept of blues as depressing. I say,’Forget your problems, I play dance music.’ ‘’

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