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Published: 2012/06/28

Jojo Hermann and Sherman Ewing to Release Missing Cats’ Larry Brown Amen

While Widespread Panic is on hiatus, keyboardist Jojo Hermann will release his first album with Missing Cats, a side-project with singer/songwriter Sherman Ewing. A set of alt-rock/blues/rock originals, Larry Brown Amen has been described as “New York City meets Mississippi meets Athens, GA meets Nashville.”

A number of guests contributed to the album, including North Mississippi All Stars’ Luther and Cody Dickeison, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Sam Bush, Jon Randall Stewart, Anthony Krizan and Jesse Alexander. Sherman and Hermann first met in college in 1983 and have toured together several times over the years. Larry Brown Amen was recorded live in Nashville over a four-day period with Grammy-nominated producer Jon Randall Stewart (Emmy Lou Harris, Sam Bush, and Lyle Lovett,).

Missing Cats will tour with North Mississippi All Stars this fall. A full itinerary will be announced in the coming weeks.

“I moved to Oxford Mississippi in 1987 and soon after met Cody and Luther Dickinson who would later form the North Mississippi All Stars,” Hermann says in a statement. “It was always my dream to play and record with them because they are the best drummer and guitar player in the world, who have the ability to take a song and bring it to life with so much energy and sense of rhythmic and melodic hooks. And we share a love of RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. When Sherman and I decided to record the Missing Cats record, there was no question who we would call to lay down the drum and guitar tracks.”

He continues, “I’ve played with Athens, Georgia band Widespread Panic for over 20 years and it was there I met Mike Mills. We’d gotten to know each other through the years, and I asked if he would like to come up and record with us. Hooking Mike up on bass with Cody and Luther is like a dream team for a songwriting project, and Sherman and I were incredibly fortunate to have them come to Westwood Studios in Nashville to record Larry Brown Amen. By recording all the tracks live as a band together in the same room over a four-day period, it was fun to be able to capture the music’s energy and preserve it on the record.”

Here’s a look at the album’s tracks and credits

1. Any Moment
(vocals-Sherman Ewing, keys & vocals-John Hermann, drums-Chad Cromwell, bass-Mike Mills, guitar-Anthony Krizan, guitar-Guthrie Trapp, guitar-Jon Randall Stewart)

2. Rose Parade
(vocals-Sherman Ewing, keys & vocals-John Hermann, drums-Cody Dickinson, bass-Mike Mills, guitar-Anthony Krizan, guitar-Luther Dickinson, vocals-Jon Randall Stewart, Mandolin-Sam Bush)

3. How We Go From Here
(vocals-Sherman Ewing, keys & vocals-John Hermann, drums- Chad Cromwell, bass-Mike Mills, guitar-Anthony Krizan, guitar-Luther Dickinson, vocals-Jesse Alexander, Mandolin-Sam Bush, percussion-Cody Dickinson)

4. Larry Brown Amen
(vocals-Sherman Ewing, keys & vocals-John Hermann, drums-Cody Dickinson, bass & vocals -Mike Mills, guitar-Anthony Krizan, guitar-Luther Dickinson, guitar—Jon Randall Stewart)

5.1/2 Way to the Top
(vocals-Sherman Ewing, keys & vocals-John Hermann, drums- Chad Cromwell, bass-Mike Mills, guitar-Anthony Krizan, guitar-Luther Dickinson, guitar-Guthrie Trapp, vocals-Jesse Alexander)

6. Highwire
(vocals-Sherman Ewing, keys-John Hermann, drums- Chad Cromwell, bass-Mike Mills, guitar-Anthony Krizan, guitar-Guthrie Trapp)

7. Body in the River
(vocals-Sherman Ewing, keys & vocals -John Hermann, drums-Cody Dickinson, bass-Anthony Krizan, guitar-Luther Dickinson, guitar & vocals-Jon Randall Stewart)

8.Your Guess is as Good as Mine
(vocals-Sherman Ewing, keys & vocals -John Hermann, drums-Cody Dickinson, bass-Mike Mills, guitar-Luther Dickinson, guitar -Jon Randall Stewart)

9. SkyDiver
(vocals-Sherman Ewing, keys & vocals -John Hermann, drums-Cody Dickinson, bass-Anthony Krizan, guitar-Luther Dickinson)

10. Marissa
(vocals-Sherman Ewing, keys & vocals-John Hermann, drums- Chad Cromwell, bass & vocals-Mike Mills, guitar-Anthony Krizan, guitar-Guthrie Trapp)

11. Cleanse the Lepers
(vocals-Sherman Ewing, keys & vocals-John Hermann, drums & percussion-Chad Cromwell, bass-Mike Mills, guitar-Anthony Krizan, guitar-Guthrie Trapp, steel mandolin-Sam Bush)

12. Vinyl Persuasion
(vocals-Sherman Ewing, keys & vocals-John Hermann, drums-Chad Cromwell, bass-Mike Mills, guitar-Anthony Krizan, guitar-Luther Dickinson, guitar-Guthrie Trapp, harmonica-Taylor Hicks, vocals-Donnie Sundahl)

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Andy McWilliams June 30, 2012, 14:02:09

Ive got to have this! I was living in Oxford when Jo Jo was there playing in Beanland. I’ve seen the Dickinson boys for over 20 years now. There could be no better combo.I also saw Jo Jo and Sherman in Little Rock a few months ago. Great show! But Sherman and Hermann sound like a couple of brothers who live near me here in the Ozarks.

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