Merry Christmas 2010
It's a cold, snowy December here in the mid west. Sherwin and "The Cotton Kings" are busy with their 2010 Christmas Show Tour! We always enjoy seeing so many of our friends and fans through the holiday season. We invite each and every one of you to join us for this special family show packed with classic favorite holiday songs and many of Sherwin's originals!
We've gone back through the years and pulled out some of the photos we've used to promote our holiday tours. We thought you would enjoy seeing these once again and seeing how we've changed through the years!
Sherwin has just completed recording a new duet CD with many of his "Grand Ol' Opry" friends including Tommy Cash, JoAnne Cash Yates (Johnny & Tommy's sister), David Frizzell, George Hamilton IV and many more. The CD will be titled "Hillbilly Heaven." We hope to have it packaged for release in February 2011!
2011 will be Sherwin's 55th year in Entertainment and the new CD will be a great way begin this milestone celebration in music! Each month in 2011 we will feature a bit of Sherwin Linton trivia! Here is the first entry. We found it fitting to start at the very beginning!
Is Sherwin Linton His Real Name?
The answer is Yes! We are often asked how Sherwin began his music career and about the origin of his name. Sherwin was named after his father Harry Linton's boyhood friend Sherwin Shank. Sherwin Shank had a farm north of Anoka, Minnesota near what is now Ramsey. Sherwin and his father would travel by train from Watertown, SD to Willmar, MN and then on to Minneapolis to visit Harry's friend. It was during one of those visits that Sherwin Shank gave young Sherwin Linton a birthday gift. While walking near the barn Sherwin Shank slipped a tightly folded bill into little Sherwin's hand. Sherwin unfolded the bill to find $10.00. Sherwin had been saving for the purchase of his first guitar and with this $10.00 gift he finally had enough money. Sherwin remembers running to catch up with Sherwin Shank and his father and jumping into Sherwin Shanks arms thanking him for the wonderful gift!
Sherwin Shank passed away several years ago but his home has remained along Minnesota Highway 10 for many years. This past summer Sherwin and Pam made an afternoon trip to take a few photos of Sherwin near the home of the man for whom he was named and where he had many boyhood memories. We were saddened to find the house was removed when Sherwin and Pam returned from Nashville in November. The photos taken this summer are now a real treasure!
August 2010 - Ramsey, Minnesota
Sherwin reflecting on his childhood visits to this home
Sherwin and his Mustang "Big Beat" - August 2010
Fall has arrived and the trees are turning beautiful colors. We have had a wonderful summer that went by very fast. We were lucky to be a part of so many county fairs and great festivals. We are fortunate to have long time friends and fans in our audiences and we're always blessed with new fans too! Here are a few photos you might enjoy!
2010 South Dakota Fair
Sherwin's "Centennial Stage" Audience
Sherwin with Bruce Williams and Terry Ree "Williams & Ree The Indian and The White Guy"
stopped by the Centennial Stage for an impromptu visit.
Sherwin & Pam with Bev & Jack Mader and their 1939 Allis-Chalmers "Low Rider" winner of
the Sherwin & Pam Linton trophy in the South Dakota State Fair Tractor contest
Sherwin with "Williams & Ree" - Freedom Stage South State Fair
Spirit of the West - 2010
A very cool & hardy audience for our 11:00 AM show. The temperature did not reach 50 degrees that day
Sherwin with "The Dover Brothers." A great old thyme music group from Deadwood, SD.
This group also performs a reenactment of "The Trial of Jack McCall."
Sherwin's really glad he is not on trial.
The Dover Brothers - "Spirit of the West Festival," Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Sherwin with fellow South Dakotans "Williams & Ree" - Norsk Hostfest, Minot, ND - October 2010
Sherwin has two new Facebook pages that give everyone the chance to keep up with Sherwin's day to day activities. It you would like to be among Sherwin's Facebook friends go to www.Facebook.com and search for "Sherwin Linton" or "Sherwin Linton Music." We would love to include you as a Facebook friend! Make sure to pass Sherwin's facebook link on to your friends. By doing this you help us build Sherwin's fanbase!
We have some new souvenir items! Here's a look at the artwork on new black t-shirts that include both Sherwin & Pam's images with the caption "The Legend & The Lady".
This fall we have the first item that will commemorate Sherwin's 55th year in entertainment. Soft sweatshirts with a zipper front are embroidered with a gold logo reading:
Sherwin Linton 55th Anniversary
1956 - 2011
"Forever On The Stage."
The shirts are available in black, navy and brown all with the gold logo. For the ladies light pink “form fitted” zipper front sweatshirts are available by special order. These are embroidered with pink satin thread and the same logo.
We look forward to seeing you in our audience! Check our schedule for dates in your area!
Happy America Month!
Summer is here and there is so much excitement in the air! July is always a busy month for Sherwin and “The Cotton Kings.” (Check the schedule for show dates in your area!) Sherwin and Pam spent the July 4th weekend in Hazel, South Dakota! Sherwin attended elementary school in this quaint little northeast South Dakota town and decided to take the holiday weekend off from performing to attend the “All School Reunion.” It was a great time to reminisce with longtime friends and visit Hazel once again, something Sherwin likes to do. Sherwin always likes to take friends to Hazel and “show them around” the little town he has such happy memories of!
Read on to find all the new news for Sherwin Linton Fans! There are some new snapshot photos to share too!
Twin Cities Metro Magazine
This month open with a real bang with Sherwin being featured in this month's issue of Twin Cities Metro Magazine. You'll find him right there in the centerfold section of the magazine in the Self Styled feature. Editor Mary O'Regan visits with Sherwin about the development of his stage image and his career history. The Q & A story is complimented by a great photo by Eliesa Johnson from Photogen, Inc. The magazine is available at Border Books, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Cub Foods and most Twin Cities newsstands. For outstate Minnesota friends & fans click here to read the article, I think you'll enjoy it!
Sherwin’s 2nd Annual 70th Birthday Bash
Party preparations are being made for “Sherwin’s 2nd Annual 70th Birthday Bash” at the Cabooze in Minneapolis on July 30th! Sherwin will perform a long set and welcome special guest bands “The High 48’s,” “The White Iron Band,” and “Molly Maher and Her Disbelievers.” The doors open at 7:30 PM and the music begins at 8:15 PM. Gather your friends and join us at “The Cabooze” for a great evening of music and celebration!
Nebraska & Kansas Fan’s To Meet & Greet!
Sherwin, Pam and “The Cotton Kings” are returning to southeast Nebraska July 17th for the Jefferson County Fair in Fairbury, Nebraska! This is a great All-American County Fair with loads of food, fun, exhibits, carnival rides and great grandstand entertainment too! Sherwin’s fans and friends are invited to gather in the Grandstand at 4:00 PM for a meet and greet and a chance to visit with Sherwin and Pam prior to the 7:30 PM show. Bring your favorite old stories and let’s catch up on what we’ve all been doing! We miss the great friends and fans we so seldom get to see!
The Shorewood Our New Twin Cities Home
You’ll find Sherwin Linton fans and friends gathering at “The Shorewood Bar & Grill” on select Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM each month through November. The Shorewood has great food and atmosphere with a comfortable dance area too! Check Sherwin’s schedule for dates.
Get your Christmas Show Tickets Early
Sherwin, Pam and “The Cotton Kings” will present their Branson Style Christmas Show in the Twin Cities in 2010! “The Shorewood Bar & Grill” will host this highly acclaimed holiday event December 16-18, 2010 (Dec. 16 7:00 PM, Dec. 17-18 7:30 PM.) The 75 minute holiday show will be followed by variety entertainment dance shows that will keep everyone in the holiday spirit! Get your advance tickets at “The Shorewood” beginning July 22nd. Make your plans early as seating for this show is limited.
The Shorewood Bar & Grill 6161 Hwy. 65 Fridley, MN 763-398-0088
Here are a few recent snap shots!
Sherwin & Pam
Minnesota Twins Opening Day Target Field April 12, 2010
This is the bronze statue of #34 Kirby Puckett!
Sherwin’s “Big Beat” Mustang lined up for the Hazel, South Dakota July 4th Parade!
Sherwin Hazel, South Dakota Gas Station July 4, 2010
Sherwin & His Brother Gene Celebrating July 4th Thomas, South Dakota
We have had a wonderful south Texas winter tour. The weather has not been as warm or dry as in past years but the good news is that south Texas in no longer in a drought! We have had many exciting happenings in the past few months and I’ll share a little about each of them.
We spent a few days on South Padre Island working for the La Copa Hotels. We had a very nice afternoon to walk on the beach. Star fish had washed onto the beach that day. We were able to collect some and dry them. I thought you would enjoy pictures of Sherwin and his stars!
Star Fish Collected on the Beach South Padre island, TX
Sherwin and One of the Star Fish Collected on the Beach South Padre Island, TX
We always enjoy Border Fest in Hidalgo, Texas the first weekend in March. Our Nashville friend Cerrito and Internationally Famous Charo perform each year in the “State Farm Pavilion.” Sherwin was able to visit with Charo for a few minutes at sound check. She entertained everyone with a fantastic show of song, dance, comedy and her great instrumental abilities! She is recognized as one of the world’s best Classical and Flamenco guitarists.
Sherwin with Charo Border Fest Hidalgo, TX
Charo asked Sherwin to pose for this picture saying, “You’re Really Cute!”
Charo Delivering an Amazing Instrumental Performance Border Fest Hidalgo, TX
South Dakota Magazine Names Top 25 Unforgettable South Dakotans
2010 marks South Dakota Magazines 25th Anniversary. In their January/February issue they named their “Top 25 Unforgettable South Dakotans.” Sherwin Linton was included in this prestigious list. They refer to Sherwin as “Our Iron Man Entertainer.” The article references Sherwin’s 50 plus years in entertainment without missing an engagement. They quote, “He is as predictable as the Ferris wheel at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, where he performs every year on the “Centennial Stage.”
Sherwin Is Three Time FAME “Entertainer of the Year”
FAME (Families Advocating Moral Entertainment) a national organization recognizing individuals for their entertainment contributions which remain family friendly awarded Sherwin Linton their “2010 Entertainer of the Year” award at the annual awards show held at the International Convention Center in Pharr, TX on February 24, 2010. This is the third consecutive year Sherwin has received this prestigious award. In accepting the award Sherwin quoted 19th Century American Poet Oliver Wendell Holmes:
“Time wrecks the proudest piles we raise.
The Towers the Domes the Temples fall
The Fortress crumbles and decays
One breath of Song out lasts them all.”
Sherwin Accepting His 2010 FAME Entertainer of the Year Award
Presented By Pharr, TX Mayor Pro Tem - Jose Adan Farias
Premier Guitar Magazine - January 2010
Two Necks Are Better Than One: A Brief History of Multi-Neck Guitars
The January 2010 issue of Premier Guitar magazine features an article on the history of the multi-neck guitar. Wallace Marx, Jr. traces the history of these instruments to 1690 where a small-sized guitar with an even smaller, almost ukulele-sized, guitar is grafted to its treble side. The article features music artists who played double neck guitars. A classic photo of Sherwin is included with his six and twelve string electric doubleneck that he built in 1965. Many long time fans still remember when Sherwin performed with this instrument in the 1960's and early 1970's. It became a trademark image for him at that time. To view the article, click here.
Premier Guitar Magazine March 2010
Sherwin Linton, Crib Rods, and the origins of the “B-Bender”
The March 2010 issue of Premier Guitar magazine features an article recognizing Sherwin for his contributions in the early invention of the “B String Bender.” Watching Carl Perkins play “Flint Hill Special” inspired Sherwin to disassemble his children’s baby crib. Using the metal supporting rods he developed the first “Plever” (peddle-lever) used to successfully bend the “B String.” To view the article click here.