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An Interview With Martin Sexton

-Mitch West

Martin Sexton Photo Credit: KTR Management

It's not every day you are able to see one of the greats doing their craft but on May 15th those in the Lincoln area will get their chance when American Singer-Songwriter Martin Sexton comes through town to play Lincoln's Royal Grove coheadling with Scottish singer/songwriter great KT Tunstall during the second to last stop of his '2023 Winter/Spring Tour'. For over 30 years Martin Sexton has been honing his craft and cementing his place in music history as one of the all-time best singer-songwriters to ever hit the stage. His lyrics cut deep and hit hard. Paired with his soulful voice and powerful vocal range his music hits the feels in all the right ways and stand the test of time. We had the chance to interview this lyrical magician before next Monday's show to talk about the tour, playing the Midwest through the years, his craft, and more!

Break down your writing process. Has it remained the same throughout your career? What comes first the lyrics or the music? I tend to write on an as needed basis. The record I’m currently working was my pandemic scrapbook called '20/20 vision'. We recorded it remotely with me in the East Coast in the producer on the west. I touch on themes like silver linings and gratitude and hope and redemption and unity. The track 'Calling on America' has John Mayer playing lead guitar and he just nails it.. So psyched to have him on the record.

You've played Nebraska a lot throughout your career. Are there any moments that stand out or stories you have? What do you think of looking back on playing in the Good Life all these years? Yeah, I love Nebraska always have. I remember the old days at Knickerbockers rocking it out. I’ve always had an appreciation for those rolling plains weather it was showing up at Hastings or singing in Omaha always a good time.

Martin Sexton Photo Credit: KTR Managment

You've met many people and played on many stages. Who have been some of the most inspirational individuals you've met, shared the stage with and/or worked with? I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with heroes. Whether it was playing 'Do You Feel Like We Do' with Peter Frampton at Madison Square Garden, singing Teach Your Children with Crosby, Stills and Nash, or being on tour with Dave Matthews or John Mayer… I’m always pinching myself because at one time these were all dreams that have since come true.

Following the tour, what's next for you? What does the rest of 2023 have in store for you and what are you working on or will be working on? After completing the summer and fall tour dates ahead, I have my sights set on some kind of cover record of sorts. The open road always calls.

Lastly, what advice do you have for the next generation of songwriters? What advice would you give to the next Martin Sexton? Be true to your heart, follow your dreams and remember that you are the messenger of a very powerful force and music can bring unity to human beings for the good of all.

If you haven't purchased your tickets yet get them HERE! Mondays show is 18+. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. All tickets are final sale and cannot be exchanged or refunded. In the case of an event cancellation without a rescheduled date, a full refund will be automatically issued to each patron on the credit card used to purchase. By purchasing a ticket to this event, you agree to this purchase policy. Before purchasing your tickets, we urge you to confirm the title, time and location of the event. Lineups and times are subject to change. Any ticket suspected of being purchased for the sole purpose of reselling can be canceled at the discretion of The Royal Grove, Station to Station, or VenuePilot. $3 minor fee for any attendees under 21.


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