Latest Martin Sexton Articles
Keller Williams and Martin Sexton will once again team up for a run of shows together in Texas.
JamBase contributor Michael Kaiz shares his thoughts and photos from the inaugural Phases Of The Moon featuring SCI, Widespread Panic and more.
The first round of performers who will play Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival have been revealed.
Latest Martin Sexton Setlist
Martin Sexton at The Burl
- There Go I
- Diggin' Me
- The Beast in Me
- Where Did I Go Wrong
- Women and Wine
- Can't Stop Thinking 'Bout You
- Way I Am
- Freedom of the Road
- Glory Bound(Chris Trapper)
- Gone Again (Chris Trapper)
- Gypsy Woman
- Helter Skelter
- Where It Begins
- For What It's Worth
- The Wind Cries Mary
- Black Sheep
- Man of Constant Sorrow/Circle Be Unbroken/This Little Light Of Mine/Amazing Grace
About Martin Sexton
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., and the tenth of 12 children, Martin Sexton grew up in the ’80s. Uninterested in the music of the day, he fueled his dreams with the timeless sounds of classic rock ‘n’ roll. As he discovered the dusty old vinyl left in the basement by one his big brothers, his musical fire was lit. Sexton eventually migrated to Boston, where he began to build a following singing on the streets of Harvard Square, gradually working his way through the scene. His 1992 collection of self-produced demo recordings, In the Journey, was recorded on an old 8-track in a friend’s attic. He managed to sell 20,000 copies out of his guitar case.
From 1996 to 2002 Sexton released Black Sheep, The American, Wonder Bar and Live Wide Open. The activity and worldwide touring behind these records laid the foundation for the career he enjoys today with an uncommonly loyal fan base; he sells out venues from New York’s Nokia Theatre to L. A.’s House of Blues, and tours regularly across Canada and Europe.
Happily and fiercely independent, Martin Sexton launched his own label, KTR, in 2002. Since then he has infiltrated many musical worlds, performing at concerts ranging from pop (collaborating with John Mayer) to the Jam scene to classic rock (collaborating with Peter Frampton) ; from the Newport Folk Fest to Bonnaroo to New Orleans Jazz Fest to a performance at Carnegie Hall.
Regardless of his reputation as a musician’s musician, Sexton can’t keep Hollywood away. His songs can be heard in many feature films and television including NBC’s Scrubs, Parenthood and Showtime’s hit series Brotherhood.
Stage, film and television aside, when Sexton isn’t touring he often mixes entertainment with his sense of social responsibility, performing at benefits for Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camp, the Children’s Tumor Foundation, Japan earthquake/tsunami relief (The John Lennon Tribute), and Hurricane Irene relief efforts in Vermont, to name some.
In 2007 Sexton began his most successful years to date with the release of his studio offering Seeds. The album debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, and the Los Angeles Times said, “Call him a soul shouter, a road poet, a folkie or a rocker and you wouldn’t be wrong.”
The live CD/DVD set Solo, which includes a DVD of his performance at Denver’s Mile High Festival, followed in 2008.
In 2010 the album Sugarcoating found this one-of-a-kind-troubadour doing what he does best: locating larger truths. After hearing it, NBC anchor Brian Williams sought Martin out to sit down for an interview backstage at New York’s Beacon Theatre. It’s now featured on MSNBC’s BriTunes.
The accolades continue. Billboard called Sexton’s version of “Working Class Hero” for the Lennon tribute/benefit in 2010 “chill-inspiring.” Released this November as part of The 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute album, the track is available on iTunes.
The New York Times noted that this artist “jumps beyond standard fare on the strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul man’s supple instrument,” adding, “his unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singer’s goal: to amplify the sound of the ordinary heart.”
Billboard called Sexton “The real thing, people, a star with potential to permanently affect the musical landscape and keep us entertained for years to come.”
Tame Impala shared the single, “Patience,” their first new music in four years.
David Schultz recaps his experience at the 2019 South By Southwest Music Festival highlighting sets by White Denim, Broken Social Scene, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and many others.
The JamBase Podcast Episode 33 features the debut of the “Cast Away” segment featuring an interview with musician and podcaster Andy Frasco as well as The Rundown recap of recent news items.
Bruce Hornsby’s latest single, “Cast-Off,” features Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Sean Carey, Brad Cook and others.
Trey Anastasio is the latest act to be added to the 2019 Newport Folk Festival lineup.