Usually you start with a band and go solo, not so in local singer-songwriter Seth Sherman’s case. Back in summer 2011, Sherman put out his debut solo record When The Moment Is True. It was, and still is, a gem of a record. It’s a tender, intimate sonic portrait (speaking of which, the water color painting of Sherman on the cover still makes me smile), a great example of pop music done very, very right. But as time went on, and Sherman played the songs live with other folks, he found he was looking for something a bit more collaborative. “I recorded a couple albums by myself, but I don’t like being in control,” he joked to our own Laurie Gallardo.
With that in mind, Sherman got himself a band together with singer and guitarist Morris Ramos, singer and autoharpist Devon McDermott, bassist Drew Schlegel and drummer Mark Henne. They call themselves Tinnarose. Earlier this month the band released their first single When You’re Gone b/w A Heart Needs A Home. They also stopped by KUTX’s Studio 1A to perform some tunes. They closed the session with the sweet “Hard Loving You.” It’s almost many songs in one. A endearingly off-kilter country shuffle yields to a bit of a jazzy breakdown and then into pop goodness. I’d say the collaboration is working.