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Friday, January 6

EP Release and Dates: Martin Sexton


Fall Like Rain, Martin Sexton’s brand-new EP, finds this artist again asking relevant questions and challenging the status quo. Entertaining us all the while, he continues to call for unity in “One Voice Together” and adds: “In a world of warfare, peace is bad for business . . .” A timely cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” reminds us it’s time to “stop, hey, what’s that sound, everybody look what’s going down.” On this record, the artist subtly and seamlessly blends infectious tunes with a powerful message.

Why an EP? Sexton says, “These songs are relevant today and I didn’t want to wait to release a full-length album. And in a down economy, we’re getting new music to people for the price of a soy latte.”

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.

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. 

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.

Thurs., Jan. 19 ANN ARBOR, MI The Ark; Bhi Bhiman opens
Fri., Jan. 20 CHICAGO, IL Park West; Bhi Bhiman opens
Sat., Jan. 21 STOUGHTON, WI Stoughton Opera House; Bhi Bhiman opens
Sun., Jan. 22 ST. PAUL, MN Fitzgerald Theater; Adam Gontier, Bhi Bhiman open
Wed., Jan. 25 IDAHO FALLS, ID Colonial Theater; Adam Gontier opens
Thurs., Jan. 26 MISSOULA, MT The Wilma Theatre; Adam Gontier opens
Fri., Jan. 27 PORTLAND, OR Aladdin Theater; Adam Gontier opens
Sat. Jan. 28 SEATTLE, WA The Neptune Theatre; Adam Gontier opens
Sun., Jan. 29 SPOKANE, WA Bing Crosby Theater; Adam Gontier opens
Tues., Jan. 31 CRYSTAL BAY, NV The Crystal Bay Club; Adam Gontier opens
Wed., Feb. 1 GRASS VALLEY, CA Center for the Arts; Adam Gontier opens
Thurs., Feb. 2 SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Fillmore; Adam Gontier opens
Fri. Feb. 3 LOS ANGELES, CA El Rey Theatre; Adam Gontier opens
Sat. Feb. 4 SOLANA BEACH, CA Belly Up Tavern; Adam Gontier opens
Tues. Feb. 7 PHOENIX, AZ Compound Grill; Adam Gontier opens
Thurs., Feb. 9 DALLAS, TX Kessler Theater
Fri. Feb. 10 HOUSTON, TX House of Blues
Sat., Feb. 11 AUSTIN, TX Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater