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One-of-a-kind-troubadour Martin Sexton, live at the TCA

By Tempo staff
Posted 1/31/19

Also a presentation of AMP Concerts, one-of-a-kind-troubadour Martin Sexton will appear live onstage today (Jan. 31), 7:30 p.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Tickets …

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One-of-a-kind-troubadour Martin Sexton, live at the TCA

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Also a presentation of AMP Concerts, one-of-a-kind-troubadour Martin Sexton will appear live onstage today (Jan. 31), 7:30 p.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Tickets are $35.

In addition to Sexton, acoustic artist Chris Trapper will also appear.

This show is a special treat for Taoseños because their show in Albuquerque the night before is sold-out as of press time.

Sexton returns with what Rolling Stone calls his "soul-marinated voice," acoustic guitar and a suitcase full of heartfelt songs. Presently on tour, Sexton is said to be "trying out new material, as well as reinventing his own classics for these critically acclaimed solo performances," according to press materials.

"Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, [Sexton] has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. His songs have appeared in television series such as 'Scrubs,' 'Parenthood,' 'Masters of Sex' and in numerous films, though it's his incendiary live show, honest lyrics and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for a new experience every time."

Chris Trapper is billed as a storyteller. "With his soulful, honeyed tenor, sly humor and an uncanny knack for melody, Chris has traveled the world over, performing to a dedicated and ever growing fan base with nothing but his guitar and his songs," press materials state. "Raised on Prine and Kristofferson, Trapper's first foray in the music industry was as frontman of the critically acclaimed alt-rock band The Push Stars. Over the past decade, Chris has become a modern-day acoustic troubadour, performing over 150 dates a year as a headliner and sharing the stage with the likes of Colin Hay, Martin Sexton and even John Prine himself."

Of interest to fans, Sexton's new album "Mixtape of the Open Road" is described as "that musical cross-country trip, blazing through all territories of style, as you cruise through time and place. This record is a charm bracelet of 12 gems."

A native of Syracuse, New York, and the 10th of 12 children, Sexton grew up in the 1980s. "Uninterested in the music of the day, he fueled his dreams with the timeless sounds of classic rock 'n' roll," the press materials continue. "As he discovered the dusty old vinyl left in the basement by one his big brothers, his musical fire was lit. Sexton eventually migrated to Boston, where he began to build a 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."

In 2010, the album "Sugarcoating" found this one-of-a-kind-troubadour doing what he does best: locating larger truths. After hearing it, NBC anchor Brian Williams sought Sexton out to sit down for an interview backstage at New York's Beacon Theatre. It's now featured on MSNBC's BriTunes.

The accolades continue. Billboard called Sexton's version of "Working Class Hero" for the Lennon tribute/benefit in 2010 "chill-inspiring." Released this November as part of The 30th annual John Lennon Tribute album, the track is available on iTunes.

The AMP Concerts in Taos juggernaut continues with Trampled by Turtles Feb. 24, Bob Schneider April 20, and Béla Fleck and The Flecktones featuring Victor Wooten, Roy "Futureman" Wooten and Howard Levy June 22, all at Taos Mesa Brewing, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. For tickets and more, visit ampconcerts.org/tag/Taos.

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