Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ron Sexsmith returns in March

Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith's new studio album, Carousel One, is due out in America on March 31 via Compass Records.

Produced by Jim Scott, the set was recorded with bass player Bob Glaub, drummer Don Heffington, keyboard player John McGinty and others. Its name comes from the luggage retrieval belt at Los Angeles airport where bags off Toronto inbound flights are delivered.

Over the last couple years,
Ron Sexsmith's album Forever Endeavour won the Juno Award as Best Adult Alternative Album - marking the third Juno win in Ron’s career. Sir Peter Blake (the man who created the cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) unveiled a mural he was commissioned to do for the Royal Albert Hall in London featuring people who have played there. Ron’s image is included alongside those of Roger Daltrey, James Brown and Janet Jackson.
Then Sexsmith was named Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Brock University in his hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario.

"I didn’t realize until we were putting the songs together for 'Carousel One' that this would be more outgoing, there's a lot more humour,” says Ron. “I mean, there’s even a smiling picture on the cover, which I’ve never had before. I just hope it doesn’t scare the children."

Carousel One includes the first single, “Saint Bernard,” a tribute to an anonymous family dog from a photograph picked up in a second-hand shop by his wife Colleen.

"They’ve always been my favourite type of dog," says Ron, recalling the genesis of the song. "I was sitting in the kitchen one day playing guitar, I had this melody but no lyrics, so I looked up at the picture and just started singing the opening lines. I guess the album is kind of a travelogue of music that I like which was mostly a happy accident."

Upcoming shows: 

4/2 – City Winery – New York, NY
4/4 – City Winery – Nashville, TN
4/18 – Collins Recital Hall, GPRC – Grande Prairie, AB
5/2 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON

*more to be announced soon.

Track listing:

Sure As The Sky
Saint Bernard
Loving You
Before The Night Is Gone
Lucky Penny
Getaway Car
Nothing Feels The Same Anymore
Sun’s Coming Out
Lord Knows
All Our Tomorrows
No One
Can’t Get My Act Together
Tumbling Sky
Many Times

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