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Martin Sexton's second album Black Sheep comes out of the gate with a title track both confident and moving, and it's evident before the second chorus that Sexton bypassed a sophomore slump. He sounds more concerned with showing his fans the better parts of his life's record collection as transmitted through his own songs. The opener reveals a man with an undying love for vintage Motown, while the blue-eyed, soul-tinged "Glory Bound" boasts an incredible soaring falsetto not heard since Mick Hucknall's outstanding vocals on Simply Red's 1985 hit "Holding Back the Years." The peppy "Diner" moves with the sunny locomotion of a Woody Guthrie boxcar-hopping ditty, and "Freedom of the Road" segues into a smoky Memphis-flavored ballad with rich singing reminiscent of Eddie Hinton or Otis Redding. The aptly titled "Over My Head" is a heady acoustic song with sublimely beautiful guitar work in the British folk vein of John Martyn's epic 1973 album Solid Air and "Gypsy Woman" bounces playfully on Eastern European influences. And closing with a Stevie Wonder-inspired take on "America the Beautiful" is a truly awesome way to end an album this good.

Customer Reviews

Smooth, Soulfull, and Genuine

Just a great album. Martin is a great lyricist and has a great voice that you can feel in your soul. If you want to add another muisician to your library, this is the one.


Great album with some amazing songs. Glory Bound is one of my all-time favorties. The download quality was not the greatest and has glitches in it throughout the album. I have not had this problem with other downloads. Other than the quality issue, again, amazing.

Martin Sexton's "Step from the Subway to Stages" Bust Out Album

Martin Sexton comes out of the gates steamrolling in this, his first professionally produced studio album. While some musicians emerge and season, Sexton simply happened - first to the Boston subways, and then direct to the rest of the world. Every single song on this album is good, not one dud among them. Among the favorites are "Glory Bound," "Love Keep Us Together," "Gypsy Woman" and "Candy." It's also important to note that "Black Sheep" was not the only time the producer of this album made a "big blossom" album with an artist of Sexton's caliber. Boston producer Crit Harmon has watered the seed with other great performers and songwriters on early breakthru albums, too - including Sexton's "Wonderbar" album that followed, Mary Gauthier's "Dixie Kitchen" and "Drag Queens & Limousines", Lori McKenna's "Pieces of Me," Meg Hutchinson's "The Crossing," and other greats. With his unique methods to draw out the true essence of a songwriter in recordings, Harmon is silently one of the most influential producers of emerging independent music today.


Born: March 2, 1966 in Syracuse, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Martin Sexton was one of the most talked-about arrivals on the "new folk" acoustic music scene. The guitarist, singer, and songwriter has an amazing vocal range and makes effective use of it on his recordings and in his live shows. Unlike so many other contemporary singer/songwriters, his vocal style can be described as truly soulful, combining the best qualities of singers like Van Morrison, Al Green, Aaron Neville, and Otis Redding. Sexton, a self-taught guitarist and singer, was raised in a family...
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