Ron Sexsmith

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Canadian singer and songwriter Ron Sexsmith brings the band into the studio for this edition of Morning Becomes Eclectic to play songs from The Cobblestone Runway, released earlier this year. It is a hopeful record, reflecting on the changes over Rons career as a musician. &quotI; found myself living alone for the first time in 15 years, which was kind of surreal for me, so a lot of the songs came from that place and trying to reassure myself and everyone involved that everything was going to be ok." Ron indeed has a long and winding musical track, starting his first band in 1978 at the age of 14 in the Niagra Falls area. After a few years he earned regular gigs at an area club. Sexsmith released two cassettes in 1985 with his new Toronto area band The Uncool, leading him away from the folk circuit to focus his efforts on his own material. He held his job as a courier while performing in clubs until 1991, when the album Grand Opera Lane landed him a songwriting contract and later a record deal with Interscope. This got the ball rolling for Ron. From there, Mitchell Froom helped produce his self-titled debut in 1995. His next album, Other Songs, appeared in 1997. Whereabouts was released in 1999, again with producer Mitchell Froom and Blue Boy. was recorded last June with producer Steve Earle.

The Cobblestone Runway, the 6th of his musical career, was recorded under the new label Nettwerk Records, with producer Martin Terefe. Ron flew to London to record the tracks, amazingly in less than a week. &quotIt; was a complete surprise to me, I don't know what Martin had in his mind, but we had about 12 songs sounding like a record in 5 days basically, and obviously he put a lot more time into working on it when I was away, which is kind of a nice way to make a recod for a change, to be honest with you, cause I'm not that fascinated with all the knobs and the buttons and things..."

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