In House #1794: Ron Sexsmith in Salt Lake City This Weekend
Perpetually underrated singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith makes a couple of rare appearances in the area tomorrow as part of his on-going tour for his eighth solo release, Time Being. Following an afternoon performance for the Sundance Film Festival at Park City's Star Bar, Sexsmith takes his show to Salt Lake City's Urban Lounge tomorrow night. Time Being finally saw a release this month in the U.S. on Ironworks Music, the fledging label started by singer-songwriter Jude Cole and Mr. Jack Bauer himself, Kiefer Sutherland, after being issued to much acclaim last summer in Europe and Canada. In a return to form of sorts, the album sees Sexsmith once again working with Mitchell Froom, the producer behind early stalwarts like Other Songs (1997) and whereabouts (1999). Songs like "Ship of Fools," and "I Think We're Lost," show Sexsmith in vintage form, with songwriting built around the kind of thoughtful observations upon which he's built a career. Elsewhere, "Jazz at the Bookstore," and "The Grim Trucker," find Sexsmith in what is for him strange musical territory, the latter sounding as if it could have been recorded during sessions for The Beatles' White Album. It's yet another solid outing from the Toronto-based musician, and yet another reminder why his praises have been sung over the years by everyone from Elvis Costello to John Prine.
In House #1794.
Focus: Ron Sexsmith plays Park City and Salt Lake City tomorrow night, plus new music from Rickie Lee Jones, Elvis Perkins, Andrew Bird, and more.
Ron Sexsmith, from Time Being:
Rickie Lee Jones, from The Sermon On Exposition Boulevard (due 2/6):
In House PODCAST #246