We’ve been following guitarist Ethan Sherman for years now. The Southern California-based upstart is one of those rare individuals who can hold his own with electric guitar or in a traditional bluegrass setting. We’ve seen him play up close at the Fretboard Summit, at the hip LA guitaco sessions, and on the side fj Favorites like Adam Levy and Harrison Whitford.
Sherman will be released on March 4th interior views, a project he has refined over the course of the pandemic. This album leans towards the bluegrass end of the spectrum but is original through and through. Guests include Avery Merritt (Sierra Hull), banjo virtuoso Matt Davis, Drew Taubenfeld (Dwight Yoakam) and more.
The Fretboard Journal is proud to present the performance video for “Hymn”, a beautiful track from this album. For this live session, Ethan plays his 1994 Bourgeois Slope D (Sitka spruce, mahogany) and is joined by Gabe Witcher (Punch Brothers), mandolinist Greg Fleischut (The Brothers Comatose) and bassist Tim McNally.
Ethan explains: “I spent about the first month of lockdown writing new songs every day. What else was there to do? Finally, I picked some favorites from the pile I had accumulated to arrange an imaginary band. At this point I figured when lockdown eased I’d book a live recording session and get some buddies in a room to record this stuff “for real”. However, as 2020 progressed, it became clear that this wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. I reached out to many of the same friends and asked if there was anything they could do to help play remotely. I was so inspired by what everyone was adding to the original demos that I started thinking about what form this music could take: Was it something worth sharing? Around the same time, I started having fun in the sandbox of my newly expanded home studio, composing miniature scores to random public domain films and uploading them to Instagram. This was a completely different approach to making music than arranging new melodies for string orchestra; It was more about maximizing the tools—acoustic, electric, processed, and everything in between—that I had at my disposal and painting wildly and impulsively with them.”
To learn more about Sherman or take a look at interior views go to the links below.
Bandcamp pre-order: https://ethansherman.bandcamp.com/album/indoor-vistas
Spotify Pre-Save: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/ethansherman/indoor-vistas-2