Sherman & Lee Were Just Meant To Be: Lost and Found on CD Baby Now

Sherman and LeeSome things are just meant to be.

At a time when most Baby Boomers are looking to retire, David Sherman and Nancy Lee packed up the van and hit the road, touring towns in Ontario to share their love of music — and each other.

A former journalist and editor, Sherman, 62, saw the writing on the wall when newspapers began downsizing and used his love for words to propel him into becoming a successful playwright and a songwriter musician Lee, 55, had been a professional musician songwriter in her early 20s, until settling down to raise a family. But when her husband died a few years ago, she picked up her guitar and began playing in cafes near her home.

That’s when serendipity stepped in — Sherman met Lee one frozen February night two years ago as they shared a bill playing a gig in farm country outside of Montreal.

“I just found her looks and soulful singing mesmerizing,” said Sherman, of the woman with whom he now shares his personal and professional life.

“And I found his songs and voice fascinating,” said Lee.

After exchanging email addresses, they met again, and again, and soon started performing together.

The result has been the creation of Sherman & Lee, a creative, collaborative team where they compose and perform songs of the magic and misery that is love, of disintegrating cities and broken dreams, of lost souls and magic moments.

“One night, at a sold out dinner show in Montreal, Guy Sprung, the artistic director of Infinitheatre where I am the writer-in-residence, suggested Nancy and I string the stories together into a narrative and do a musical theatre piece,” recalls Sherman.

“He called it ‘docutheatre.’”

The idea resonated with the couple; they had come from hard times, they were older and a little wiser and there were stories to tell.

“Mixed with a little fiction, we created Lost and Found,” explains Sherman of the 90-minute musical that will be directed by Guy Sprung and performed in Montreal next winter.

“We were lucky to have some of Montreal’s best musicians — Stephen Barry and Andrew Cowan of the Stephen Barry Blues Band and John McColgan, a former member of the band, a drummer and producer — who workshopped the play in front of an audiences. Lost and Found is the soundtrack CD to the play,” says Sherman.

Lost and Found is available now on CD Baby. A captivating and bluesy blendLost and Found by Sherman & Lee of folk, roots, country and pop that combines the sweet vocals of Lee and the edgy vocals and soul-touching lyrics of Sherman, creating an original sound that lingers long after the last note.

Whether they perform as a duo or are backed up by some of Montreal’s finest musicians, Sherman & Lee entertain with an entrancing combination of blues, folk, roots, and pop.

Their love is real, their stories are true and audiences are drawn in by their lyrics, their haunting harmonies and the duo’s captivating stage presence. A Sherman & Lee show makes them laugh, makes them cry and makes them come back for more.

Check them out at www.shermanandlee.com, LIKE their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @ShermanandLee.

Fearing & White Hold The Acoustic Grill Audience Spellbound!

CONCERT REVIEW
Artist: Fearing & White
Venue: The Acoustic Grill
Location: Picton, Ontario
Date: October 11, 2011
Review and Photos by Christine Bode

5 STARS
I have deemed 2011 to be the year of Andy White.

Last night I saw the Belfast-born, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter perform with his long-time friend, Dublin-born, Halifax-based, two-time Juno winner Stephen Fearing (Blackie and The Rodeo Kings) at The Acoustic Grill in Picton, Ontario.  The Acoustic Grill has great ambiance, acoustics, food and above all, spectacular music being offered there on a regular basis.  It may well be the best pub between Ottawa and Toronto and Kingston’s own Tom Savage Trio (alt-country/folk/roots rock) recorded an album entitled Live At The Acoustic Grill on Acoustic Jam Records’ label in 2008.

This was the fourth Andy White show I’ve seen this year.  I met him when he opened for the legendary Judy Collins in Kingston on April 22nd and immediately recognized the truth in the rave review my friend Paige had given me about his music.  I’ve also read Andy’s book, 21st Century Troubadour (5 star review coming – an On The Road for musicians), and his recent edition of poetry, Stolen Moments, and I really want to be asked to roadie for him so I can travel all over the world and listen to him sing every night.  I definitely have a thing for literary musician/poets and confess that I’ve fallen a wee bit in love with him.  The trouble is that troubadours don’t have roadies.  They’re all-in-one travelling music shows.

Although my friend Nicole and I missed the opening of Fearing & White’s show because we drove from Kingston, when we arrived we scored premium seats at the side of the bar and settled in shortly after 8:00 pm to listen to the single most impressive show of acoustic/electric, Beatles influenced, folk rock music I have ever heard (and I’ve seen Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett & Damien Rice to name a few).  The intimate setting was accentuated by some great storytelling from Stephen as he tuned his guitar and witty banter and strange jokes from Andy (What does cheese say when it’s having its photograph taken?) that held the audience spellbound.  Their easy-going good nature and genuine camaraderie made for a delightful stage presence.

Earlier this year, Stephen Fearing and Andy White, who have been writing songs together every summer at Fearing’s Guelph studio for the past eight years, released their eponymous, critically acclaimed, debut album Fearing & White, which I purchased this summer at one of Andy’s shows.  It has become my favourite album of 2011 and is chock full of 13 magnificent songs about love, loss and longing.  I think they played every song on the album: my favourites being ‘Say You Will’, ‘Heaven For A Lonely Man’, ‘If I Catch You Crying’, and ‘Rockwood’ as well as a few of their own songs.

“Fearing & White explores diverse lyrical terrain, though Andy reflects, “the album’s tone I find is one of yearning. It is emotionally bare, and coy and mysterious too. The songs will definitely keep you guessing.” Plus, as Stephen observes, “there is plenty of humour in there too.” For instance, the stream of conscious-psychedelia of the infectious ‘Silver Sky’, the breezy upbeat vibe of opening track ‘Say You Will’, the cod-Irish humour of ‘Heart O’ The Morning’, and the musically quirky yet haunting groove of ‘Mothership’.”

It was a night of music that made you feel as if there was nowhere in the world you’d rather be at that moment.  There was magic in the room and I believe the audience could feel it, or maybe that was me swooning over the sound of two stunning voices that complement each other so perfectly that you’d think they had been singing together forever.  Fearing & White are roots rock angels who should be declared a national treasure even though they belong to the whole world.

At the end of the night they received a thunderous round of applause that carried on long after they’d left the stage.  I helped carry a couple of guitar cases and wrap some cables before I realized that being a roadie isn’t very glamourous after all.  I’ll stick to buying their CDs, attending their shows, and chasing the dragon of music rapture I find myself entranced by while I’m there.