Sherman Downey and the Silver Lining (formerly the Ambiguous Case) have, in a few short years, emerged as one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most exciting and talked about new bands at home and abroad. Their debut album, “Honey for Bees” is immediately infectious. From the first few bars of gargly harmonica in “Soulsweeping” to the story of a lonesome ‘cougar’ on the dance floor in “Easy to Break a Heart”, this record has your toes tapping and you singing unashamedly along at the top of your lungs. The album has a rootsy, folk-country flavour spiced with hints of bluegrass and americana. Sherman’s vocal delivery has been likened to a young Paul Simon and he is lyrically and melodically as sharp as they come. “I pulled out a chair, I held a door, I threw a brand new jacket in the mud and I can’t wear it anymore. I crossed my heart and hoped to die. But lately I’ve been thinkin’ ‘bout this needle in my eye” declares the love-lorn anti-hero of “Mudjacket”. Sherman is a fantastic storyteller and the silver lining punctuate these narratives wonderfully and with all the warm goodness of a come home year party or a barn loft dance-up. These tunes will march into your brain and you’ll have every chorus memorized by album’s end. Sherman and the boys have performed at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, have recently finished a tour of Australia and Sherman was named Music Newfoundland and Labrador’s Male Artist of the Year for 2010. “Honey for Bees” is a true gem. Be sure to check out a live show if you’re able! Make sure you bring your dance pants!