South Dakota native Sherwin Linton launched his career in the music business in 1956 as a 16 year-old disc jockey and live performer of country and rockabilly music on radio station KWAT in Watertown. Moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1957, this talented singer, guitarist and songwriter began performing throughout the country. Sherwin journeyed to Nashville in 1966 and recorded “Cotton King,” a song that catapulted him to the top of the Country charts. Roy Acuff was so impressed with Sherwin that he signed Sherwin to his legendary Acuff-Rose Publishing Company and Hickory Records, resulting in numerous TV appearances and nationwide tours. Following the 1971 release of a live tribute album, “Hello, I’m Not Johnny Cash,” Sherwin received multiple national nominations from the CMA and ACM (and praise from Cash himself). Subsequent hits included the 1986 novelty song “Santa Got A DWI,” an anti-drunk driving song that hit the charts and became a Christmas favorite (and has sold over 1 million copies). In 2011 Sherwin continues his prolific recording career with the release of a new CD “Hillbilly Heaven.” This project is a duet CD pairing him with many of his Grand Ole Opry and Country Music friends. Already awarded the Rural Roots Music Commission – Traditional CD of the Year “Hillbilly Heaven” has also garnered Sherwin three Grammy nominations. In December of 2011 Sherwin, his wife Pam and their band “The Cotton Kings” recorded “Highway Headin’ South” a CD scheduled for release February 1, 2012. With a theme featuring many Texas and south of the border flavored songs it also includes Sherwin’s original Gospel composition “Heaven.” Sherwin has been a true ambassador, romanticizing his home state with memories of railroad life and growing up in small South Dakota towns – themes that are woven into the fabric of more than 27 albums and over 56 years of live performances across the U.S. and Canada.
In January 2015 Pioneer Public Television completed a two hour highly acclaimed documentary film of Sherwin’s life and career “Sherwin Linton – Forever On The Stage.”
One of Sherwin’s close friends in music had this to say of his veteran entertainment compadre;
“Sherwin Linton has been a great correspondent for Country Music for many years. He is the go-to guy for all things concerning authentic Country Music. In the mid-west, Sherwin is a larger than life Country singing, string bending, rhinestone wearing, boot heel dragging, fancy car driving, cowboy hat wearing state of the art Country Music star if there ever was one. Most of all he’s my pal. I always enjoy his work.”
Marty Stuart, “The Marty Stuart Show” RFD-TV