Gig: Sherman Robertson Band – Marine Hall Fleetwood – 25 Aug 2011
Posted on: Sunday, Aug 14, 2011
Marine Hall Fleetwood
25 Aug 2011
On Thursday August 24th the Sherman Robertson Band is back following his appearance at the opening night of the Fleetwoodstock Festival last year.
Sherman Robertson is considered a master of zydeco, hard-swinging Texas electric blues, R&B and swampy Louisiana blues. Robertson often surprises audiences with his ability to play R&B, zydeco and blues with a rock edge. “I use that driving, road-cooking type zydeco groove, and put blues on top of it,” says Robertson. It’s basically rhythm and feel.”
Sherman was born in Beaux Bridge, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. Robertson quickly earned a local reputation as a very good guitarist. While still in high school Robertson was recruited by his music teacher, Conrad Johnson, to play in his popular group, Connie’s Combo (and otherwise adult band). As a teenager in the late 1960’s, he spent six weeks on the road as lead guitarist with blues superstar Bobby “Blue” Bland and also backed Junior Parker. That gave Sherman the incentive to form his own band, Sherman Robertson and the Crosstown Blues Band with whom he recorded two albums
During the 1970’s, Robertson was content playing weekends while raising a family and holding down a “regular” job until Clifton Chenier, ” the King Of Zydeco,” asked him to do some dates with his band. Those few dates turned into 5 years, as Robertson toured Europe and U.S. with Chenier. He then joined Terrance Simien’s hot, then young zydeco band, briefly playing with Rockin’ Dopsie, Johnny Clyde Copeland and several other well-known artists.
The word on Robertson’s talent began to spread. Paul Simon needed a guitar player to add some sounds to his Graceland album and he chose Robertson. Soon after, legendary British producer Mike Vernon (John Mayall’s Bluebreakers with Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie) signed Robertson to Atlantic Records. Robertson’s first solo recording, 1993’s I’m The Man (Atlantic1994), was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award.
Support act on this show local funky rockers Monster Squad. The show starts at 8.00pm and tickets are £15 from the box office on 01253 887693