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By Karen Maye
Two old friends hanging out having a good time — this seems to be the attitude of Missing Cats, in general.
The duo consists of New York-based musician Sherman Ewing, and Oxford, Miss.-based John “Jojo” Hermann of Widespread Panic, and while the two have been “hanging out” as The Missing Cats for years, they are finally releasing their first album Larry Brown Amen, which hits stores on September 4.
“In some ways it’s been 30 years in the making,” said Sherman Ewing in a recent interview with The Marquee. “Jojo and I met each other not quite 30 years ago, but it seems like every time we started to do something, something would come up and it would push it back a little bit.”
“It’s really a songwriter’s project” said Hermann, in a separate recent interview with The Marquee. “We enjoy writing songs and the only way to not forget them is to record them. I guess that is why we did this record, so they wouldn’t disappear.”
The pair recorded the album over four days at Westwood Studios in Nashville, Tenn. with Grammy-nominated producer Jon Randall Stewart and a plethora of guests including Luther and Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Sam Bush, Jesse Alexander, and Anthony Krisan (The Spin Doctors).
“When we recorded the