Known for his unique blending of jazz, blues, folk and soul, Martin Sexton is a musician’s musician and a music lover’s dream. He “jumps beyond standard fare on the strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul man’s supple instrument,” says The New York Times. “His unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singer’s goal: to amplify the sound of the ordinary heart.” His guitar playing has been described as a “playful and engaging waterfall of palm-muted string rhythms, beat box breakdowns and tasteful finger picking.” A native of Syracuse, New York, and the tenth of 12 children, Martin grew up in the ’80s. But it was when he discovered a box of dusty old vinyl left in the basement by one his older brothers that his musical fire was lit: igniting his dreams with the timeless sounds of classic rock ’n’ roll. He eventually migrated to Boston, where he began to build a following singing on the streets around Harvard Square. His first album, 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. Since then he’s collaborated with everyone from Peter Frampton to John Mayer, performing everywhere from the Newport Folk Fest to Bonnaroo, from New Orleans Jazz Fest to Carnegie Hall. His latest album, Mix Tape of the Open Road, is a musical cross-country trip, blazing through all territories of style, and all pinned down by his soul marinated voice.
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