St. John’s, NL – Sherman Downey’s latest collection of songs, entitled New Beautiful, offers a pinch of escapism and a glimpse at a brighter alternative. It tells stories of folks who find contentment in the things they have and those who long for home after craving escape.
Audiences and listeners will be happy to hear Sherman’s familiar style of character-driven songs that continue to embrace folk and country roots on which he cut his teeth, but will also notice new musical explorations. He switches from straight-up keyboard-driven pop to gritty up-close-and-personal stories on parlour guitar and piano, with lush strings and horns sweeping throughout. When he sings of letting loose in the local dance hall, people-watching from the front porch, and playing with love in out-of-the-way gas stations, Sherman speaks to those who yearn for a little change in their day to day routine.
It has been several years since “The Sun in Your Eyes” established Sherman Downey as one of our premier singer-songwriters and New Beautiful reminds us of the tremendous talent and endearing charm that has continued to make him one of our favourite story-tellers. New Beautiful was recorded at Echo Lake Studios with multi award-winning producer Daniel Ledwell who brings a new direction and a new energy to Sherman’s songs.
New Beautiful will be available this coming Friday, April 17th through all streaming platforms as well as via download from www.shermandowney.ca. New Beautiful will also be available on CD and 180g vinyl – packaged with complete lyrics and chord charts – in the coming weeks.
“Sherman Downey is next in the great line of Newfoundland songwriters. A little Ron Hynes, with some Paul Simon, John Prine, Jack Johnson in there too. That being said, Sherman is nothing but an original and his songs will stay in the canon for years to come” – Tom Power, CBC Radio