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.

Sills & Smith Release Hold Tight Music Video

The Glorious Ache by Sills & SmithFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, October 7, 2013 – A new music video for Hold Tight, the opening track from the Sills & Smith studio album The Glorious Ache has been released. The video was made by Megan Robertson, a wonderfully talented Ottawa photographer and filmmaker. Hold Tight was written by Frank Smith, Jeremy Sills and Jonathan Edwards. It was recorded and produced by Jonathan Edwards at Corvidae Music in Ottawa. Watch the video now on YouTube.

 

Sills & Smith is an independent, alternative folk/rock band based in Ottawa, Canada. The group includes Jeremy Sills, Frank Smith and Jonathan Edwards. The band has released three critically acclaimed albums of all original material: The Glorious Ache (2013), No Way In, No Way Out (2012) and Uncertain Vista (2011). These are full-length efforts recorded and produced by Jonathan Edwards in his studio, Corvidae Music.

The new music video and several others from all three studio albums are also posted on the band’s ReverbNation and Facebook pages, where you can hear many full Sills & Smith songs streaming. Links to Sills & Smith on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, CD Baby and other retailers that sell the band’s music are provided on its social media sites.

Hold Tight is about surviving the perils of life in the concrete, urban jungle. We had great fun working with Megan Robertson. Enjoy the video.

For more information:

Sills & Smith band on Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/sillssmith

Sills & Smith band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sillssmith

Sills & Smith band on Twitter: @SillsandSmith

Note from Christine:

I discovered this band by accident when I was doing some work on ReverbNation for a client and I’m so glad I did because I love their music! Do check them out and watch these videos too.  These guys are great!

The music of Sills and Smith has met with favourable reviews in respected music journals including: Cashbox Canada Magazine, Sea of Tranquility and Snob’s Music. Both Uncertain Vista and No Way In, No Way Out were lauded for excellence, making Snob’s Music’s Best of 2011 and Best of 2012 lists respectively. The band is known for its distinctive sound, an adventurous musical palette that is equal parts folk, progressive rock and alternative rock.

Isn’t It Time You Discovered UK Singer-Songwriter Emily Maguire?

UK Singer-songwriter Emily MaguireAcclaimed singer-songwriter Emily Maguire is performing at Artrix Arts Centre on Saturday 28th September 2013.

Best-known for her strong, thought-provoking lyrics and ‘supremely expressive vocals’ (Rock’n’Reel Magazine), Emily’s songs have been played regularly on Radio 2 and have won her fans across the globe.

Classically trained on cello, piano and flute, Emily taught herself the guitar and started writing songs when she found herself stuck at home with a chronic illness.  A few years later, back on her feet and fed up with grey skies and concrete, she decided to give up her flat in London for a shack made from recycled wood, tin and potato sacks on a farm out in the Australian bush.  There she set up her own record label Shaktu Records with partner Christian Dunham, and for four years lived an eco-friendly, self-sufficient lifestyle, financing her music by making and selling goats cheese on the farm.

Following the release of her critically acclaimed albums ‘Stranger Place’ and ‘Keep Walking’, Emily returned to the UK touring extensively with some of the world’s great singer-songwriters including Don McLean, Eric Bibb, Paul Brady and Roddy Frame.  The title track of ‘Keep Walking’ was playlisted on Radio 2 in the UK and on ABC Radio across Australia.  Emily’s third album ‘Believer’, a ‘masterpiece’ according to Maverick Magazine, won rave reviews in the music press with 2 songs playlisted on Radio 2.

After 7 months on the road in 2011 with the former lead singer of Dr Hook, Dennis Locorriere, Emily took time out from touring in 2012 to write and record her fourth studio album ‘Bird Inside A Cage’.  The album was produced by Nigel Butler (k.d. lang, Will Young, Robbie Williams) known to TV lovers as one of the producers on X Factor.  With its release funded entirely by Emily’s fans, ‘Bird Inside A Cage’ is a bold departure from her previous recordings while still retaining all the underlying trademarks of her emotive, lyric-rich songs.  The album was released in July 2013.

Emily will be performing at Artrix Arts Centre, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove on Saturday 28th September 2013.  Tickets are £10, available from the Box Office on 01527 577330 or online at http://www.artrix.co.uk.

www.emilymaguire.com
www.facebook.com/EmilyMaguireMusic
@emilymaguirehq

“Exquisite”
UNCUT MAGAZINE

“A class act”
THE MIRROR

“Assured…intelligent…enjoyable…a true artist”
R2 MAGAZINE

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Contact: Christian Dunham at Shaktu Records
Email: christian@shaktu-records.com
Phone: 07910 332393

High-res downloadable photos available from the press-pack at http://www.emilymaguire.com.

All Canadian booking enquiries:
Christine Bode, Scully Love Promo
Email: scullylovepromo@gmail.com
Phone: 613-531-9549 (office)
613-453-2419 (cell)

Wildlife (in and out of the city) by Kyra and Tully

CD Review
Title: Wildlife (in and out of the city)
Artists: Kyra and Tully
Label: Buster Records
Released: November 2009
Stars: 3.0

Wildlife (in and out of the city) is Kingston, Ontario duo, Kyra and Tully’s debut full-length CD featuring a who’s who of talented local musicians who have contributed to this country and folk-pop treasure chest of acoustic ballads sung by a 21st century Ian and Sylvia.

Recorded by Chris Coleman (who also supplies bass, tambourine & mandolin) at Leopard Frog Studios in Battersea, and accompanied by just a few of Kingston’s able musicians including Danielle Lennon (violin), Roger James (banjo), Jay Harris (lap steel & electric guitar), Rob Gillespie (upright bass), Jay Middaugh (drums) and Jonathan “Bunny” Stewart (alto sax) among others, Wildlife is an excellent choice for an evening starlit campfire or intimate candlelit dinner party. It is obvious that Kyra & Tully are partners in every way as their voices compliment each other like peanut butter and jam and their music is the same kind of staple that everyone should have at least a little of.

Kyra Walker and Michael “Tully” Pearson, artists in every sense of the word, switch off on lead vocals on practically every track and these are soothing, soul-affirming, thoughtful songs that celebrate “beauty, sadness, and hope,” both from the road and from the heart. They’ve been described as sincere, truthful, and wistfully sad, but what you’ll notice right away about this collection is how sweet-sounding it is in its entirety, making it a little jam heavy for this peanut butter lover’s taste. Kyra, who sounds a lot like Sarah Harmer on this one, sings about nature and the strength and importance of her relationships while Tully reflects on travel and getting back to family and home.

Stand-outs include Tully’s classic Thunder Bay (which includes a striking harmonica solo), the up-tempo toe-tapper, Let It Ride (featuring Tully’s inspired keys), Under The Moon (highlighted by Jay Harris’ lap steel), as well as the delicate piano & glockenspiel lullaby, Far Away.

I know I’ve been listening to too many indie folk/pop singer-songwriters over the past few years because I find myself longing for artists with an edge, who sing from their groins; imperfect but full of fire and fervor. Although Wildlife (in and out of the city) is a solid effort that is somewhat melancholic without losing hope and often apple crisp delicious (Bruce Cockburn endorses it), it just doesn’t inspire me in ways that won’t make me forget it.