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Fans of Martin Sexton's first live album Live Wide Open should check out his 2008 live follow-up simply entitled Solo. But where that one features only two closing songs where Sexton is joined by a band, this one abounds with what sounds like a three- piece ensemble throughout. And listen closely and marvel at this – there is no bass player. In addition to singing, playing guitar and even approximating some wailing guitar solos with his mouth, Sexton has also detuned his guitar's low E string and is simultaneously using his thumb to work in some amazing bass parts. He impressively pulls it off (especially in the beginning of "Beast in Me") while drummer Joe Bonadio keeps the rhythm driving, dynamic and danceable. Guitar virtuoso Nils Lofgren makes a guest appearance on a boozy, bluesy cover of John Brim's "Ice Cream Man," but otherwise it's just Sexton and Bonadio making a live duo configuration sound like a power trio, or even a quartet, on songs like "Gypsy Woman." Although the recorded version from 1996's Black Sheep plays at just under five minutes, this epic rendition of "Gypsy Woman" unfolds into a semi-psychedelic, eastern tinged, extend-o-jam that plays on for well over 16 minutes.

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Musical Taste = Martin Sexton fans

There is no comparison to Martin Sexton in a studio and Martin on the road. Live shows are his favorite as they strip the music down to just a man, a guitar, and music. Live Wide Open is just a taste of his abilities on stage. ps: Be on the lookout for his new release in Nov. '05 titled, "Camp Holiday." Simply put....Martin Does Christmas Tunes.

A must-buy

As one of the most prolific singer-songwriters currently touring the country, Martin Sexton's undeniable vocal and instrumental talent is only overshadowed by his ability to strip music down to its most fundamental frequency: a message of the soul. Live Wide Open offers a glimpse into the energetic and heartfelt sets that Martin Sexton resonates through venues across the country. If you have the chance, take in a show in person, you'll wish you would have been a fan for years. Also, if you're an avid Martin fan, check out Ted Hawkins' album "The Next Hundred Years".

Live Wide Open

If you EVER get the chance to see this performer LIVE, do so. I've seen enough performers in my lifetime to tell you that this guy is one of the best. I'm pretty sure he prefers the smaller venues and so be it because you won't ever miss him if he's in your town and you see him once. This album is probably the closest to live you'll get and it's awesome. Come back to Ohio soon Martin!!


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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