He sold 15,000 copies of his cassette-only debut, got signed to a major label, made his own independent, and then got his songs featured on the likes of Scrubs and Parenthood. He's never done anything the easy way, and when he sits down for PopMatters' 20 Questions, he winds up revealing so much more . . .
Martin Sexton is never one to take the easy route.
When the self-taught guitar player and singer Sexton moved to Boston in 1988 to pursue his young singer-songwriter dreams, his soulful and impassioned singing helped him move through the coffee-shop ranks. Before long, a series of opening gigs helped him sell copies of his cassette-only debut album In the Journey—an astonishing 15,000 copies, to be exact. Slowly, he gained more and more attention from larger media sources, and even went as far as to sign with Atlantic Records in the late ‘90s.
Nowadays, Sexton runs his own record label: Kitchen Table Records. Through KTR, he’s not only been able to maintain his ever-growing fanbase, but also managed to get his songs placed on shows like Scrubs, Parenthood, and Brotherhood. The breezy nature of his latest EP, Falls Like Rain, seems to offset the fact the politically-charged nature of the disc, proving that at 46 years old, he’s just as passionate as ever about his music.
Sitting down with PopMatters, Sexton took out some time to answer our 20 Questions, here telling us of the time he stole microphones from a church for his first band, why he’d like to dine with Ron Paul, and how he finds a kinship in Paul Bunyan . . .