Folk Roots Radio Episode 535: feat. Sherman Downey – New Beautiful & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 535: feat. Sherman Downey - New Beautiful & More New Releases

Newfoundland storytelling singer-songwriter Sherman Downey joins us on Episode 535 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his latest recording, “New Beautiful”, a very engaging album that’s chock full of character driven songs. With a hint of escapism and a hope for a brighter future, it’s sure to bring a smile to your face – the perfect antidote to these Covid times. As usual, we also check out more of the latest new releases and this time around we hear from Marin Patenaude, Lara Taubman, Gurf Morlix, Graham Lindsey, Keats Conlon and Kathleen Edwards alongside celebrating Toronto’s The Slocan Ramblers who picked up a Momentum Award nomination for Band of the Year, from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Check out the full playlist below.


Corner Brook Newfoundland’s Sherman Downey has just released his third folk/pop album “New Beautiful”, the follow up to his very well received debut “Honey For Bees” (2009) and second release “The Sun In Your Eyes” from 2013 – the first single from that album, “Thick as Thieves”, went on to win the CBC’s inaugural Searchlight competition.

The latest release tells some great stories about people watching the world go by from their front porch, playing with love at the small town gas station, and letting loose on the dance floor in the community hall. Songs about people who find contentment in the things they have, while others hope to escape the daily grind, and live a little – even if only in their dreams.

New Beautiful was recorded at Echo Lake Studios in Nova Scotia with multi award-winning producer Daniel Ledwell, and features Sherman Downey on acoustic guitar, piano and vocals; Daniel Ledwell on bass, electric guitar and horns with string arrangements by Kinley Dowling, and Alex Porter on drums.

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That’s all we have time for. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We have lots of great music and interviews to bring you on future episodes.

If you enjoy the music we play on this show and want to support the artists – many of whom aren’t able to play live at the moment because of the Covid-19 pandemic, don’t just stream their music – that earns them much less than a penny per play. Instead, buy their music – and really make a difference to their income. They’ll love you for it!


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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises
Roll Right (2019, self)

Marin Patenaude
The Build
Sight Unseen (2020, Still Records) CDN

Lara Taubman
Revelation (2020, Wolfe Island Records)

Gurf Morlix
Is There Anyone Out There
Kiss Of The Diamondback (2020, Rootball Records)

The Slocan Ramblers
Mighty Hard Road
Queen City Jubilee (2018, SloMusic) CDN

Graham Lindsey
Shack Wacky
The Next Best Thing (2020, Self) CDN

Sherman Downey
Front Porch
New Beautiful (2020, Self) CDN

Interview: Sherman Downey discussing his latest album “New Beautiful” (2020, Self).

Sherman Downey
The Sun In Your Eyes
New Beautiful (2020, Self) CDN

Sherman Downey
New Beautiful (2020, Self) CDN

Sherman Downey
New Beautiful (2020, Self) CDN

Keats Conlon
Lipstick Stains
Pastel Portraits EP (2020, Self) CDN

Kathleen Edwards
Take It With You When You Go
Total Freedom (2020, Dualtone Records) CDN

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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