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An impressive collection of live songs, Solo shows Martin Sexton as a confident and accomplished singer/songwriter, also revealing a man hitting his stride as performer. Sexton jumps right in with the rootsy "How Far I've Come," inflecting with an endearing, nasal honk that is at times reminiscent of the late Bob Hite from Canned Heat. His breezy vocals on the sunny acoustic funk of "Happy" could convince any Jack Johnson fan that this is the where Johnson’s sound originated. The playful "Diner" finds him channeling a young Van Morrison's vocal phrasing, and "So Long Suzanna" downshifts to a beautifully bittersweet love song that is 100 percent Martin Sexton, right down to the sporadic whistling. He even throws in some unexpected cover songs, making sure that his take on The Beatles' "With A Little Help from My Friends" can't be compared to Joe Cocker's gritty version by singing in a higher register with a smoother, seamless cadence. But the real crowd pleaser here is an unexpected and stripped down rendition of Prince's "Purple Rain" that Sexton folks up by employing a soul-steeped, Steve Winwood-inspired vocal timbre.

Customer Reviews

Very solid effort

Martin Sexton's latest live album is more subdued and intimate than Live Wide Open. There are far fewer vocal and instrumental pyrotechnics this time around. It almost feels like Martin is sitting on an empty stage singing for himself at times. But the effect is terrific as always. The covers of Purple Rain, With A Little Help From My Friends, and Hard Times are especially welcome. They've been mainstays of Martin's live performances for a long time. Highly recommended.

top live performer gigging today

I don't know who writes iTunes reviews but proclaiming that Sexton is "hitting his stride as a performer" is like saying that U2 is starting to get a following. Martin Sexton is and HAS BEEN the best solo live performer around for many years. Anyone who has seen him can attest to the fact that, all things considered, he may be the most talented live performer EVER. This CD will give you an idea of what he can do, but if you haven't seen him live, put it on your bucket list.

Martin is the real deal...

I've seen him in concert now in NYC, Milwaukee, and LA. Each time, he offers a fresh approach to his tunes. I own each of his live recordings, and I'm so happy to play them on a regular rotation. He simply rocks. Music pours out of the fella, and I'm so happy he has chosen to share it with us.


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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