A cursory Wikipedia search tells me that the City of Sherman has at least a little musical history--well more than I was aware, at least--as the hometown of Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame saxophone player Buddy Tate and country music icon Buck Owens.
But, the Owens-hosted Hee Haw and his 21 No. 1 Billboard country music hits aside, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a much more successful week of music news in the city's history than the seven days the town just experienced.
Last Thursday night, before apparently an at-capacity crowd at the Hollywood House of Blues, Sherman's own Kirby Kelly beat out 4,000 other guitarists in Guitar Center's "King of the Blues" competition, earning him said title and a slew of prizes, not the least of which include $25,000 in cash, a shopping spree and an upcoming feature in Guitar World magazine.
And, while that alone would be a nice little notch in Sherman's belt, there's this, too: On Monday, Sherman-based pop-punk/rock outfit Kid Liberty signed a deal with Trustkill Records, which will release the band's full-length debut in early 2010. A respected label amongst the teen-scenester set, Trustkill's also the current home for acts like Walls of Jericho and the Dallas-based scene favorite Memphis May Fire.
All in all, not a bad week for a town with a population of under 40,000.