West End Cultural Centre: Ron Sexsmith, May 6
Ron Sexsmith returns to the WECC stage on Saturday, May 6th. Tickets are $36.50 in advance and with each ticket purchase, a digital download of The Last Rider is included!
Ron Sexsmith's status as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation has never been in doubt, even from the moment he released his self-titled major-label debut album in 1995. His career arc since then has in some ways been a study in how that pure ability has been handled in the studio. On his 12 albums, Sexsmith has worked with some of music's most celebrated producers—Daniel Lanois, Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake, Ray Kennedy, Martin Terefe, Bob Rock and Jim Scott. With all of that experience, it would stand to reason that Sexsmith has learned a thing or two over the years about how to make a record.
That thought indeed struck him as the Toronto-based Sexsmith prepared to make his thirteenth solo album, The Last Rider, where for the first time he, in tandem with his longtime collaborator Don Kerr, has taken matters into his own hands as a producer. For fans, that fact alone should heighten the listening experience in terms of getting to hear Sexsmith's complete musical vision for the first time. However, it's not much of a surprise that, as an artist whose music never fails to draw out raw emotions, Sexsmith the producer has made The Last Rider perhaps the most intimate and welcoming album in his catalogue.
Over the course of its 15 tracks—most clocking in at about the three-minute mark—The Last Rider is by turns romantic, bittersweet, uplifting and humorous, as might be expected. But what is most striking is how naturally the songs flow together, and how at ease Sexsmith sounds, accompanied by his trusted touring band, who knows his creative process perhaps better than anyone. For The Last Rider, then, it felt right to record closer to home, and as a result, Sexsmith believes it's one of his most personal albums.
"I didn't plan on it being that way, but as we were assembling the songs, this theme did start to emerge about leaving the city, which my wife and I are going to be doing soon, and other big life changes." Sexsmith adds, "The album title stems from these thoughts I'd had going into it that this actually might be my last album for a while"
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An Evening With Ron Sexsmith
Saturday, May 6th 2017 @ The West End Cultural Centre
Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $36.50 advance/$43.50 door
Tickets available Tuesday, February 28th