Sherwin's New Christmas Single "Global Warming Christmas" - Released to Radio November 14th
Global Warming or Climate Change?
The controversy continues and this holiday season Santa finds himself smack dab in the middle of it all! The snows melting at the North Pole, the EPA's checking his factory emissions and even the reindeer will be subjected to emissions tests.
Sherwin's new holiday single "Global Warming Christmas" pokes humorous fun at Santa's misfortune without taking a position on this slippery subject. Embarking on his 53rd year in music, Sherwin continues to venture into new musical accompaniment styles as he again enters the holiday music arena with a mellow, yet authorative vocal, surrounded by Caribbean rhythms accented with steel drums.
Penned by Glenn Dykstra, (a South Dakota native living in Missouri) Brittany Allyn and Sherwin Linton, the Caribbean flavor of this little ditty will definitely take the chill out of your holidays! Recorded at Hill Top Studios in Nashville, Sherwin called on his long time friends Gregg Galbriath and Sonny Garish plus other members of Nashville's musical A Team to lend their expertise to this timely song. Radio release is scheduled for Friday, November 14th . Call your local disc jockey to make your request.
To get your very own CD single enclosed in an artistically humorous picture sleeve designed by renowned illustrator Bill Hauser send $5.00 plus $2.50 shipping to:
Black Gold Records
P.O. Box 48100
Minneapolis, MN 55448
The song "Global Warming Christmas" is also available for download from ITunes. Click here for a sample.
Sherwin's Mastery Bridge Endorsement
Sherwin would like to extend sincere thanks to our friend John "Woodie" Woodland at www.MasteryBridge.com who has done an endorsement install of their new bridge (designed for Fender Jazzmaster, Mustang and Bigsby-fitted Telecasters) into Sherwin's 1959 Jazzmaster. Unlike the previous rock post assembly bridges, the Mastery Bridge posts fit snugly into the diameter of vintage and modern Fender-style thimbles, ensuring the bridge does not change position during performances or between string changes. Sherwin is totally sold and will install this bridge on all of his Jazzmaster models. Sherwin said, "Because of the dynamic transfer of string vibrations directly through the bridge to the body of the guitar there is a much greater tonal spectrum and vibrance emitting from the guitar both acoustically and when electrified." Sherwin said he observed this phenomenon immediately. If you own a Jazzmaster, Mustang or Bigsby Tele this bridge is a must to own!
Summer fairs and festivals
Our summer fair and festival tour is in full swing. Sherwin and "The Cotton Kings" have just finished six days at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot, North Dakota. It was great to visit with so many of our North Dakota fans and friends and to have the time to meet a bunch of new ones too! We were excited to visit on air with Merrill Piepkorn on Prairie Public Radio. Merrill has a great one hour show called "Hear It Now" that broadcasts live from the fair and is aired statewide. Prairie Public Radio archives their broadcasts on their web site so take a moment to listen to Sherwin's interview which aired on July 22, 2008. To listen: Click on the following link http://www.prairiepublic.org/programs/hearitnow/ then scroll down and click on the date July 22, 2008. Sherwin is Merrill's second guest.
If you visit this site on a regular basis you have probably already noticed we have begun a much needed update to the sites appearance. Since going on-line in 1998 we've added lots of information and changed some photos but it's time for a real make-over! We need to say a big "Thank You!" to Mark Wearsch at Wearsch Web Design and Photography in Columbia Station, Ohio for taking this little project under his wing! Some of the great new features include accessibility to our venues web sites on the schedule page and just push the "Get Directions" button on the schedule page and you can get "Map Quest" directions from your home to Sherwin's stage! Mark is a great guy with super ideas. Book mark this site to continue to watch the re-design progress!
Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events! Have a great summer!
Sherwin Awarded Texas 2008 FAME Entertainer of the Year
Sherwin was named "Entertainer of the Year" at the first ever FAME Awards Show & Ceremony held on February 14th at the International Convention Center in Pharr, Texas. FAME (Families Advocating Moral Entertainment) passed out awards to winners in over 25 categories, honoring country and bluegrass musicians and comedians who perform in Texas's Rio Grande Valley, Nashville, TN, Branson, MO, and Mountain View, AR (a center of music and arts in the Ozark Mountains). Sherwin has performed in Texas for decades including annual tours of the Rio Grande Valley during the past seven winters. Sherwin remarked about taking home the top award, "I love Texas and I thank all the friends and fans for their ongoing support. This was a real surprise and I'm honored."
Other winners of FAME Awards included Ray Benson's "Ride With Bob" (a tribute to Bob Wills) for "Show of the Year" and Jerry Douglas for "Dobro Player of the Year."
(pictured at left) Sherwin, Pam and Dick Moebakken 2008 FAME Awards - Pharr, Texas
Nominees for FAME Awards must meet exemplary standards that are set with the whole family in mind. FAME states that it is "not a religious group, but rather a group who believes in freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the pursuit of happiness with out suggestive verbal and/or visual presentations."
The inaugural FAME Awards Show & Ceremony featured live performances and presentations of awards, and is scheduled to return for its second annual installment in 2009. Sherwin performed a portion of his popular "Tribute to Johnny Cash" during the show.
Rick Johnson Inducted Into Mid-America Music Hall of Fame
We want to congratulate our drummer Rick Johnson on his upcoming induction into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame (Formerly the Minnesota Rock/Country Hall of Fame.) Rick is being inducted with the group C. A. Quintet on Friday, May 2, 2008. The festivities begin at 6:00 PM. The C.A. Quintet will perform prior to their induction on the 9:00 PM segment. C.A. Quintet performed from 1966 - 1971 garnering the hit single "Mickey's Monkey" and the LP "Trip Through Hell." The legendary LP, "Trip Through Hell" recorded on the Candy Floss label in 1969 is recognized world wide for it's collectable value. Most copies sell for $1500.00 - $2500.00 each! For more information on this event visit the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame web site rockcountryhall.com.
Congratulations Rick, it's great to have you as a "Cotton King!"