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Martin Sexton in is video for "Falls Like Rain." (Photo Courtesy YouTube.com)

Martin Sexton in is video for “Falls Like Rain.” (Photo Courtesy YouTube.com)

Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton says we’re living in the new sixties.  He’s with us.


Martin Sexton, a musician, he’s on tour, and his new EP is Fall Like Rain.

From Tom’s Reading List

American SongwriterMartin Sexton is the guy John Mayer calls “one of the most treasured singer-songwriters I’ve ever heard in my life.” Mayer must have first become acquainted with the Syracuse, New York-born artist when he was busking in Harvard Square while Mayer was a student at Boston’s Berklee School of Music. The two Boston transplants have a fair share in common, namely how to write an unabashed pop hook and sing it with an expressive soul-inflected croon.”


Fall Like Rain — Martin Sexton

For What It’s Worth — Buffalo Springfield

For What It’s Worth (LIVE) — Martin Sexton

Burlington — Martin Sexton

Diner — Martin Sexton

Livin’ The Life (LIVE) — Martin Sexton

Sugarcoating — Martin Sexton

Found — Martin Sexton

Stick Around — Martin Sexton

Wants Out — Martin Sexton

Friends Again (LIVE)  – Martin Sexton

Happy Annivesary (Six Years) — Martin Sexton

One Voice Together — Martin Sexton


Here’s Martin Sexton performing Friends Again live in our studio


Here’s the video for the title track of the new EP, Fall Like Rain.

Check out a track from the new EP, called One Voice Together.

Here’s Martin’s cover of the Buffalo Springfield classic “For What It’s Worth.”


Martin at our studio (Jesse Costa, WBUR)

Martin at our studio (Jesse Costa, WBUR)

Martin and Tom (Jesse Costa, WBUR)

Martin and Tom (Jesse Costa, WBUR)

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YMV2HJ2TBKMCN2QRAVI3I2OOGM Jim Jim

    Hopefully the idealists in the ‘new’ sixties don’t become selfish neo-conservatives like the original sixties.

  • http://twitter.com/BVMatson Brian

    Can’t wait!

  • Carrie Serna

    I’ll be listening! We’re taking our kids (8 & 5) to see Martin next week…their first concert!

    • smcalatayud

      They will LOVE him!…. 

  • Bugsyboo

    Saw Martin Sexton in Burlington, VT a few times. He played “Black Sheep” and when he sang one very long note, the place fell in silent amazement. Beautiful! Get your Jesus on, Martin!

  • Bugsyboo

    Also love your Billie Holiday (sp?).

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.corson Andy Corson

    I have seen Martin perform with full band and solo, and neither show disappointed. Like he just said, there were folks from all different backgrounds, and the audience was singing along like a choir. Even solo, his voice and music fill the room.

  • Molly Hann

    I appreciate how Sugarcoating boldly questions the events surrounding the 2001 terrorist attacks.
    …Looking forward to the next show in the Adirondacks.

  • underhillgirl

    My husband and I have been to just over 100 of Martin’s shows and they are different each and every time.  If you have a chance to see him live, don’t miss it.  You cannot explain the experience of one of his live shows unless you have experienced it yourself.  Almost a religious experience!

    • Deb Johnson

      So true!  I want to worship at the church of Martin – smile.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.corson Andy Corson

    I’d like to think that we are in the midst of the new 60′s, but I hope that the second time around the tumult leads to unity and prosperity.

  • goodshows

    I’ve been living through Martin’s concerts for many years. If you have never seen him live it’s never too late to start. Go catch one of his shows this year. I’m sorry he’s not visiting Vermont this time. But, thank you Martin.

    Jim in the East Dorset woods

  • Maureen Doyle

    artin! I first saw you at Harvard in 1992. You were playing a pro-choice benefit and the audience had only 50 folks or so. You played with Ellis Paul and others! I was hooked. 

    I have seen you play in Boston, Cincinnati, Berkley, San Francisco, western MA, Lexington KY, Cambridge and Somerville etc. One of my fondest memories was Johnny D’s in Somerville in ’94 (?) and you had a poster of Farrah Fawcett with you. Your show is an experience that refreshes the heart and soul. It has been a pleasure watching your career develop.

  • klbhill68

    Love all of Martins music…especially enjoy all the wonderful food referencees slipped in his songs. “Gotta save some room for some apple pie”. Thanks for it all! Kate in Harrisonburg, VA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrgaaconnell Michael Connell

    First heard Martin on a college radio show years ago. Loved him from the start. Great combination of great song writer + great guitar player. 

  • Steve__T

    Thanks Martin for your music and your thoughts on 911 I’m with you.

  • blucat22

    Hey – he’s got a little John Lennon in him. We could use more of that.

  • Deb Johnson

    My son introduced me to you, Martin, and I heard you live for the first time in Omaha, NE, a couple of years ago.  Your music and message reach my 61-year-old soul like no one else’s.  Hearing you perform is not just entertainment; it is an experience that moves and heals.  Thank you.   

  • http://www.facebook.com/valerie.dodd.56 Valerie Dodd

    I am a huge Martin fan and have seen him numerous times live.  He puts on the most intimate and fantastic show imaginable. I strongly encourage you catch a live show as soon and near as possible. But well worth the travel too….

  • http://www.facebook.com/ted.hutson.1 Ted Hutson

    Martin, the conspiracy theories about controlled demolition of the WTC towers are a distraction from the real issue of how much warning GWB had: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/opinion/the-bush-white-house-was-deaf-to-9-11-warnings.html?smid=tw-share  Get your answers about how the WTC 1, 2, and 7 came down here, complete with simulations and archival footage: http://www.nist.gov/el/disasterstudies/wtc/index.cfm

  • u22utoo

    Marty, I see ALL of your shows in Arizona (Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff) but am moving to Olympia, WA. PLEASE start adding more shows in the Pac. NW! I will be gone before your November Flagstaff show – too bad; every one of your performances at the Orpheum has been a treasure. I was front row for the last one and your performance of Gypsy was simply incredible. You sort of lost yourself for a bit (in a good way). You should include it on your next live release….:-).

  • Bruce94

    With a few music connections and family in both Boston and Louisiana, a once extensive vinyl collection that included Buffalo Springfield albums (all of which were lost to Katrina) and enough years to remember the threat of Goldwater-type extremism in 1964, I would agree there are strong parallels between now and then. 

    Apparently, the GOP leadership has chosen now as they did back then to challenge the social contract in America; to spearhead rollback of equal rights for ethnic & racial minorities, women & gays; to champion expansion of the military-industrial complex; basically to re-litigate the 60′s.

    After this segment and the first hour, I plan to check out the music of your guest as well as Randy Newman’s recent release.

    Thanks, On Point, for introducing me to the refreshing and evocative sounds of your guest.

  • Quarkdog

    Ditto from this gal near 70 yrs old. Amazed at his solo show which sounded like a quintet. What talent and wisdom too.

  • Seamus Hareshvara

    boo to Tom for having a Sept. 11 truther on and presenting him as simply a carefree thoughtful troubadour.  I ‘questioned’ the official story.  To pretend that al Qa’eda and militant salfiya is not real or is not a threat is beyond naive, it’s beyond myopic, it’s ignorant.  The salafis are a far greater threat to the broad spectrum of Muslims around the world than it is to the USA; it is actually a threat to the very heart and soul of Islam.  If mr Sexton thinks that militant salafis did NOT attack us, i have to ask him: Why wouldn’t they?  The biggest truth we need to learn about 9/11 is that our government, specifically the Bush administration, FAILED us.  They did NOT attack us.  I find that to be one of the most cynical conspiracy theories imaginable.  My opinion of the Bush administration is VERY low, but even I can say that to think that a US president would coordinate and launch an attack against the US is the HEIGHT of cynicism.  The response to the Sept. 11 attacks has been extremely disappointing.  I was hoping for new and more beneficent outreach to Muslims around the world; instead we got one arguable unnecessary war handled atrociously poorly and one absolutely unnecessary war not handled at all.  This RESPONSE merits all sorts of condemnation and criticism and investigation; the FAILURE of our govt, detailed by Richard Clarke and others, to prevent the attacks also merits much criticism and investigation (far more than what we’ve seen until now).  Spreading conspiracy theories that are hyper-cynical and ignorant of world affairs and the motivations of fundamentalists simply obscures the REAL AND PRESSING need to deal with the world as it is.  It’s a very good thing to question authority and the official story, but if your answers are cynical conspiracy theories it gives the lie to Mr Sexton’s chummy happy-go-lucky ‘come together, brothers and sisters’ message.  He talked about how he has been using the internet to do research this past decade on politics.  There are more conspiracy theories on the internet than anyone can imagine and i would recommend to mr sexton that he try opening a book that has been edited and published and might be a little more reliable than fly-by-night conspiracy spewing websites constructed by feverish manic insomniacs up all night rehashing their failed spy novel ideas and passing it all of as ‘truth’ . . . he should start with Richard Clarke’s book, Against All Enemies.  Mr. Clarke is the ONLY member of the Bush administration who publicly apologized for the govt.’s failure to stop the attacks.  He details very meticulously exactly how Bush de-emphasized antiterror intelligence and dismissed multiple warnings.  If you think that there was some huge conspiracy behind the scenes in which Mr Bush was PLANNING the attacks and coordinated the murder of 3000 Americans (or ‘made up’ 3000 individuals and scripted their fake lives, something even MORE bizarre) all i can say is that i am sure glad that i am not as cynical as you.  It is sad.  It is especially disappointing that Tom would give you a platform.  You say that you are guided by love not fear, but i don’t see that at all. You’re accusing someone who might have been one of our worst, or possibly our worst, president ever of being a mass murderer.  That smacks of the wildest and greatest fear of all.  You are clearly afraid of your government.  I feel pity for you.

    • smcalatayud

      Wow.  You should get up on the right side of the bed tomorrow.  Lighten up and just listen to the music, bro…

      • Seamus Hareshvara

        I WAS feeling very light-hearted and WAS listening to the music until I heard mr sexton start his conspiracy theory spiel.  I just think that it is sad that so many people have bought into this crap and completely obscured the debate over what we do about salafism.  The Bush and Obama strategies of bombings and a constant state of war around the globe are the exact WRONG way to go about it.  We ABSOLUTELY need a better way, but to ignore this militant strain of fundamentalism eating at the heart of Islam is a mistake.  They are not a figment of the military industrial complex.  You could argue that they were unintentionally spawned by the foreign policy of western neo-colonial powers, but they are real and they are a threat to Islam and to the west (and more importantly to Muslims [especially Sufis and Shi'ites] and westerners [as well as many others, e.g., Hindus, Baha'is, secularists, etc]).  Of course we shouldn’t live in fear, which also means not letting irrational fears of our own democratically elected government cloud our judgment.  And we should not be afraid of Islam or overinflate the treat of salafism or conflate peaceful Islamists, like many Muslim Brothers, with militant salafis, like al Qa’eda or Lashkar-e-Taiba.  Mr sexton claims he feels like we are in a sort of ‘new’ 60s era.  I thought one of the ideals from the sixties was to learn about the wider world and try to work towards peace!  Clearly the government is not doing a good job of this.  But people like mr sexton who go to the other extreme and downplay the role of fundamentalism don’t do any better.  For me the message and lyrics of a song are important.  I cannot just tap my toe and sway to the music when the song is insinuating that our own government attacked us and fabricated enemies who don’t exist: the TRUTH is that we WERE attacked by enemies who DO exist and we need to figure out how to deal with them in a way that doesn’t lead to more disaffected Muslims taking up the black banner of the salafis; i fear our current policies are doing just that, creating more extremists.  We will never get to a real debate as long as people are confused and deceived by conspiracy theory charlatans who say they preach peace and love but actually sow dissent and fear.  Mr sexton is right that we shouldn’t live in fear, but we shouldn’t live in ignorance either.

    • Steve__T

       And I pity you

      • Seamus Hareshvara

        I pity the ignorant and those who revel in ignorant conspiracy theories.  If you want to live in a lala land of fevered conspiracy theories, be my guest. Just know that you aren’t doing anyone any favors, especially yourself.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1029741854 Cornell Hanratty

      great post Seamus. I too questioned the official 9/11 report at the beginning, but after reading many, many accounts from soldiers on the ground, academics (like Noam Chomsky), scientists and embedded journalists I was able to pry myself away from the crazy conspiracy theories ‘on the internet’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frank.pastizzo Frank Pastizzo

    Our great Saranac Lake Soul Man!

  • smcalatayud

    There is NOTHING LIKE A MARTIN SEXTON SHOW!  It’s not very often that a singer/songwriter sounds amazingly better in live performances than in recorded ones, but Martin does.  Hearing “Glory Bound” live is almost a life-altering experience.  Can’t wait to see him again at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT on 12/7!

  • lorriesam

    To answer the question, no, I do not think that the spirit of the children of the 60s live today. We are too afraid of being labelled “unpartriotic”. Yes, terrorism was sold to us in a very skillful way
    and we bought it, hook, line and sinker. Not just the terror from
    terrorists but terror in the form of hurricanes and every other weather related condition, not meeting societies expectations,
    gays/lesbians, foreigners esp the Chinese and Indians, Muslims 
    and etc. The list goes on and on……. 9/11, probably a terrorist
    doing but texting or alcohol or ….. have created so much more
    havoc and devastation of life. 9/11 – we got caught with our
    pants down and needed revenge.

  • http://twitter.com/gingercoco Courtney Lether

    He is best served live. AMAZING. Come back to NOLA. Yes please and thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/eclecticnetwork jesus rojas torres

    Just by chance I listened to this interview On Point today and found out who Martin Sexton was. His voice and truthful heart reach eternity and his talent is beyond superb. Congrats. Jesus, the spiritual journalist.

  • Garrett Anderson Music

    Long time listener (of both Marty and Tom), first comment… Martin has been a huge influence on my development as a singer-songwriter – I was delighted to hear the caller reference the open mic at The Cantab in Boston.  I played it back in Oct. ’08 on a work trip to Boston, so it’s neat to learn we “shared the stage”, however removed in time.      

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1133418809 Cindy Roper

    there is NO OTHER voice like Martin Sexton’s! I agree with many others, he is best served LIVE. Absolutely amazing. Can’t wait for you to come back to Santa Fe Martin!

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