Martin Sexton returns to Duluth for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica. He is touring in support of his most recent album, â€œSugarcoating,â€ which was released this past spring. Here are the outtakes from a story about Sexton in Thursdayâ€™s News Tribune.
Here is Martin Sexton:
ON HIS HISTORY OF PLAYING SHOWS IN DULUTH
MS: Amazing Grace Bakery, best sandwiches in town. I remember I would do two nights there in 1998. I probably played there before that, too. Then I moved on the NorShor Theatre in 2000 and also played at Mitchell Auditorium.
For me, it was right between the Twin Cities and Winnipeg, and itâ€™s a logical stop. Every night canâ€™t be The Fillmore in San Francisco. There is a lot of ground between the Fillmore and the Nokia Theatre.
ON HIS FAVORITE VENUES
MS: The Fillmore is one. 9:30 in DC, the Nokia in New York City, in Time Square. The House of Blues in Boston. Good rock venues in America. Itâ€™s all fun.
ON HEARING HIS SONG â€˜THE AMERICANâ€ ON THE RADIO RECENTLY
MS: I was getting ready for this tour a few days ago and my song came on the radio. Itâ€™s always a beautiful feeling when that happens. I thought: It sounds good on the radio. Itâ€™s a positive affirmation. I still think it sounds good even though time has lapsed.
A FEW WORDS FOR YOUNG ARTISTS
MS: I always tell artists to be true to yourself. Be true to your school. Keep showing up. â€¦ Stay true to your heart. Donâ€™t be afraid to play for free and sleep on someoneâ€™s couch.
ON KUMD FM
MS: KUMD was really instrumental for my success in that market. The reason I can sell tickets in Duluth is KUMD and stations like that in North America.
ON, AS A FORMER BUSKER, HOW HE RESPONDS TO BUSKERS NOW
MS: Iâ€™ll listen. Drop a couple bucks in the case. Itâ€™s like â€¦ itâ€™s a beautiful thing to see a person on the street and hear what they have to offer and return the favor and offer a few bucks.
ON HIS WRITING PROCESS
MS: Writing for me happens late at night when Iâ€™m home and can clean my plate. Iâ€™m in a room that echoes well, press record on my Dictaphone and let the ideas flow.
ON HIS ALBUM â€˜SUGARCOATINGâ€™
MS: Itâ€™s a little more, obviously, political messages on this record. Mainly (the song) â€œSugarcoating.â€ Itâ€™s pretty obviously about September 11, and where that has brought us today. I donâ€™t buy the party line of how that happened and I donâ€™t buy the party line on the War on Terror. I donâ€™t buy it. I see it more as a means of using fear to control us, to chip away at our rights to fight back.
Iâ€™m just looking for truth. I enjoy my liberty, I enjoy my Bill of Rights, and I feel like theyâ€™re under attack.
Thatâ€™s a heavy topic.
So basically I took that topic and mix it with some cowboy singers, background singers, a jaunty upbeat shuffle. A Memphis-sounding production. You can hear that song a couple times before you know the gravity of the topic.
Photo from martinsexton.com