More from Martin Sexton

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, “Sugarcoating,” which was released this past spring. Here are the outtakes from a story about Sexton in Thursday’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 it’s a logical stop. Every night can’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. It’s all fun.

ON HEARING HIS SONG ‘THE AMERICAN” ON THE RADIO RECENTLY

MS: I was getting ready for this tour a few days ago and my song came on the radio. It’s always a beautiful feeling when that happens. I thought: It sounds good on the radio. It’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. … Stay true to your heart. Don’t be afraid to play for free and sleep on someone’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: I’ll listen. Drop a couple bucks in the case. It’s like … it’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 I’m home and can clean my plate. I’m in a room that echoes well, press record on my Dictaphone and let the ideas flow.

ON HIS ALBUM ‘SUGARCOATING’

MS: It’s a little more, obviously, political messages on this record. Mainly (the song) “Sugarcoating.” It’s pretty obviously about September 11, and where that has brought us today. I don’t buy the party line of how that happened and I don’t buy the party line on the War on Terror. I don’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.

I’m just looking for truth. I enjoy my liberty, I enjoy my Bill of Rights, and I feel like they’re under attack.

That’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

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