Sam Sherwin with his band "SOMETHING SAM\" in the late 90\'s slammed the hell out of the New York City club scene with rants at CBGB\'s, Mercury Lounge, Arlene\'s Grocery, and Webster Hall, to name a few.
Born in Detroit, he now resides in the New York area. Watch him! He still plays guitar upside down and backwards. He makes regular trips back to Detroit doing gigs with his cousin Jeff Grand (now guitarist with Uncle Cracker) opening for Howlin\' Diablos, Mitch Ryder guitarist Jim McCarty, The Butler Twins, The Detroit Cobras, and more. Until 2000, his drummer was Dena Tauriello now with \"ANTIGONE RISING.\" Now Sam Sherwin is back and his new CD, \"DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS,\" is a good bet.
There are six facets to Sam Sherwin\'s music and they are all brilliantly apparent on \"DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS.\" First, Sam\'s voice is good by any standard, but on this new hit-packed ensemble he really gets to show off his subtlety. Depending on the song, he can stretch and twist it into variations rich with feeling and emotion. Though a lot of the songs center on loss and betrayal, when the moment demands it, he
also knows when to let it soar.
No one writes lyrics like Sam Sherwin. This is not a CD for ten-year olds. The words are riveting because they capture life in all its screwy unpredictability. Lines like, \"I\'ll never throw in the towel, if I ever get back on my feet,\" and, \"Pose nice for the picture baby, all gesture no pain,\" are perfect indictments on the singer\'s rattled sensibilities. On \"Miss Me,\" the opening song, there is a kind of glee in the fury that must have fueled the love affair: \"You miss the boat, you miss the train, you miss the blood inside my veins.\"
What\'s especially great on \"DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS\" is the play on musical forms. The music celebrates urban folk, jazz, pop, rock & roll, straight blues and even Broadway. The songs perfectly conquer each form as if Sherwin is saying, it doesn\'t matter what language you say it in... love is a bitch.
\"DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS\" has deep roots. Listeners will hear twinges of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Paul Butterfield, The Velvet Underground, and Peter Gabriel. Sam Sherwin knows the musical past and when you drink beer, you tend to sweat a little. But Sam never copies; he only borrows the feelings that lurk in the grooves and blends them together to make what is both surprising and familiar.
Producer Randy Crafton has given the CD the right amount of
polish and rough edges. Crafton,who produced Richie Havens and Dayna Kurtz among others, knows how to blend the raw fruit with all the right ingredients to make your mouth water, because \"DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS\" has sizzling production. Like Sam, Crafton understands that love is not the apple, but the pie.
The other reason the CD sounds so good is the cast. Sam\'s
guitar work is expert; but also included are Broadway\'s LION KING percussionist Glen Fittin, who also worked on the vocal & musical arrangements; multi-talented John Kruth, who has collaborated with everyone from Garth Hudson to John Cale, on woodwinds and strings; \"Blood Sweat and Tears\" bassist Ed Iglewsky; Renee Cologne from \"Meatloaf\" on background vocals; session virtuoso Pete Vitalone on keyboards, plus singer/guitarist Walter Parks who is Richie Havens\'s guitarist.
That is the package. Like a six-sided magic cube, no matter how you throw the die, you always come up a winner. Listen to Sam on WUSB FM 90.1 especially on DJ \"WORKHORSE\'S\" show. WUSB.org on the internet has lots of Sam\'s work on simulcast.
Written by Martin Fitzpatrick, author of \"THE BITTER
END: HANGING OUT AT AMERICA\'S NIGHT CLUB\"
Work is well underway with the follow up to DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS.Once again with Randy Crafton at the helm. We are so pleased to report that so far we have bassist extraordinaire WILBUR BASCOMB(Aretha Franklin/Jeff Beck/Mick Taylor/ect) performing on 5 songs.Also onboard bassist KEITH GOLDEN(Dido/Eminem)performing on another 5 songs. Will keep you all updated on progress. Thankx to all for your support and love !.............SAM
Jeez....Making music is an uphill ongoing battle. well after 8 months of some serious family problems, we\'re just past the half-way point with the new record. I share the CD title with all my pals that might read this page......
It\'s called IODINE COCKTAILS.And it\'s smokin\' !!!
Yea, I\'m gettin\' real happy. I start some live shows Sat. Sept 20th at Tierney\'s in Montclair N.J. A couple weeks later, Wed Oct 8th at THE CUTTING ROOM in Manhattan. My lineup includes x Antigone Rising DENA TAURIELLO on drums and DONNA \"LADY BASS\" McPHERSON from Bernie Worrell\'s Funkadelic\'s. Will be having some very special(you\'ll know their names)guests sitting in with us on future shows. Keep an eye & ear out for us. We\'re kicking butt!
Thankx again for everyones support !! SAM