Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
(6:00 PM Doors)
SPACE, Evanston, IL
A native of Syracuse, New York, and the tenth of twelve children, Martin Sexton grew up in the 80's, uninterested in the music of the day, he fueled his dreams with the timeless sounds of classic rock and roll. As he discovered the dusty old vinyl in the basement left by one his big brothers, his musical fire was lit. Sexton eventually migrated to Boston, where he began to build his 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.
1996-2002 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, selling out venues from New York’s Nokia Theatre to LA's House of Blues.
Happily and fiercely independent, Martin Sexton launched his own label KTR in 2002. Since then, his continual success through his diversity infiltrates many musical worlds. It’s not uncommon to find Sexton performing at events ranging from the pop world (collaborating with John Mayer) to the Jam scene to classic rock (collaborating with Peter Frampton) to Newport Folk Fest to Bonnaroo to New Orleans Jazz Fest to a performance at Carnegie Hall.
Yet, regardless of his reputation of being a musician’s musician, Sexton can’t keep Hollywood away. His music 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. Playing at Paul Newman’s Hole in The Wall Gang camp benefits, The Children’s Tumor Foundation, John Lennon Tribute/Japan Earthquake benefit, and the recent Hurricane Irene Victim benefit in Burlington Vermont are among the many.