Martin Sexton makes his fourth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Playing solo and acoustic, Sexton's rhythmic, fingerstyle guitar playing, matched with his elastic vocals, can make it seem as if he's backed by a full band.
Here, he plays an assortment of songs that span his career, including "For What It's Worth" from his most recent EP. When asked why he went with an EP instead of a full-length album, Sexton said he wanted to make his music available to his fans "for the price of a soy latte."
Sexton first made a name for himself when he moved from his native Syracuse to busk on the streets of Boston. He sold 20,000 albums out of the back of his car, and by 2002 was running his own independent record label. The L.A. Times once wrote of Sexton, "You can call him a soul shouter, a road poet, a folkie or a rocker — and you wouldn't be wrong."
This Mountain Stage performance was originally published May 14, 2012.