Martin Sexton, an upstate New Yorker, left home with seventy-five bucks and a Stratocaster to chase his musical dreams singing in the streets of Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, gradually and independently working his way to the premier venues of North America inspiring fans and musicians along the way. The activity and touring behind his records laid the foundation for the career he enjoys today, headlining everywhere from The Filmore to Carnegie Hall.
Since launching his own label, Kitchen Table Records (KTR), the fiercely independent Sexton has infiltrated many musical worlds, performing at concerts, ranging from pop (collaborating with John Mayer) to the Jam scene to classic rock (collaborating with Peter Frampton); from the Newport Folk Fest to Bonnaroo to New Orleans Jazz Fest to now shows around the world. Regardless of his reputation as a musician’s musician, Sexton can’t keep Hollywood away. His songs can be heard in feature films and television including Showtime’s ‘Masters of Sex’ and ‘Brotherhood,’ NBC’s ‘Scrubs’ and ‘Parenthood,’ and the IFC film ‘Lucky Them.’
Sometimes, an artist is in charge, but Sexton’s case, the songs on his 2015 album, ‘Mixtape of the Open Road,’ were clearly driving the bus. As much as he wanted to create a theme record (like bluegrass or ’70s rock), the songs in his collection each represent its own place in space and time. The resulting collection gathers together favorites that make for a memorable listening experience. While out on his massive roadtrip in support of the album, Sexton stopped by Beehive Studios in Saranac Lake, New York, to lay down some live cuts from his mixtape ” along with exclusive video performances.