New York And Nashville Shows Confirmed for April
February 2, 2015 – For Immediate Release – Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith today confirmed the release of his new studio album, Carousel One, out in North America on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The album will be released in the U.S. via Compass Records and in his home country by Warner Music Canada.
Carousel One, produced by Jim Scott, features 14 new Sexsmith originals. It was recorded with an incredible cast of musicians who helped bring the album to life including bass player Bob Glaub, who has recorded with John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Dolly Parton, Graham Nash and hundreds of others; guitarist Jon Graboff (John Lee Hooker, Dr John); drummer Don Heffington (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Lone Justice); and keyboard player John Ginty (Dixie Chicks, Whiskeytown, Neal Casal, Matthew Sweet). The album takes its name from the luggage retrieval belt at Los Angeles airport where bags off Toronto inbound flights are delivered.
2014 was an incredible year for Sexsmith. In March, his 2013 album Forever Endeavour won the Juno Award as Best Adult Alternative Album marking the third Juno win in Ron’s career. In April, Sir Peter Blake (the man who created the cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) unveiled a mural he was commissioned to do for the Royal Albert Hall in London featuring people who have played there. Ron’s image is included alongside those of Roger Daltrey, James Brown and Janet Jackson. In May, Sexsmith was named Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto. On June 3 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Brock University in his hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario. It’s no wonder that in July of 2014 he was in a particularly good mood entering the studio to record Carousel One.
“I didn’t realize until we were putting the songs together for Carousel One that this would be more outgoing, there’s a lot more humour,” says Ron. “I mean, there’s even a smiling picture on the cover, which I’ve never had before. I just hope it doesn’t scare the children.”
Carousel One features 14 new Sexsmith compositions including the first single, “Saint Bernard,” a tribute to an anonymous family dog from a photograph picked up in a second-hand shop by his wife Colleen.
“They’ve always been my favourite type of dog,” says Ron, recalling the genesis of the song. “I was sitting in the kitchen one day playing guitar, I had this melody but no lyrics, so I looked up at the picture and just started singing the opening lines. I guess the album is kind of a travelogue of music that I like which was mostly a happy accident.”
Ron Sexsmith N. American Shows
4/2 – City Winery – New York, NY
4/4 – City Winery – Nashville, TN
4/6 – Old Town School – Chicago, IL
4/8 – The Cedar – Minneapolis, MN
5/2 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON
5/9 – National Arts Centre – Ottawa, ON
More dates to be announced soon.
Carousel One Tracklisting:
Sure As The Sky
Before The Night Is Gone
Nothing Feels The Same Anymore
Sun’s Coming Out
All Our Tomorrows
Can’t Get My Act Together