So yeah, the singer-songwriter and guitar whiz has been on the periphery of the new folk scene for years and years. But Sexton has distinguished himself in that overcrowded scene, with quality originals, bouncy covers, impressive fretwork, and soulful singing -- a cross between Cat Stevens and Stevie Wonder.
He has recorded six studio albums since 1990, each one exhibiting a growing interest in sonic experimentation. This trend has culminated in Seeds, which Sexton released earlier this year on his Kitchen Table imprint. The album is anything but one-note contemporary folk. Sexton assumes a different vocal character in every song while continually messing around with rock, gospel, soul, Tin Pan Alley, and country music. Sure, there's a couple of Jack Johnson moments of awful beach jammery, but "I'm Here" and "Right Where You Belong" go a long way toward absolving these sins.
As with all of Sexton's albums, the band that backs him will most likely not be present for his current tour. The fun part then becomes figuring out how he will deliver the more complicated arrangements in an acoustic setting. But you know he will, and it'll always be good. The guy knows what he's doing.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.