An Evening With
1221 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., and the tenth of 12 children, Martin Sexton grew up in the â€™80s.
Uninterested in the music of the day, he fueled his dreams with the timeless sounds of classic rock â€™nâ€™ roll. As he discovered the dusty old vinyl left in the basement by one his big brothers, his musical fire was lit. Sexton eventually migrated to Boston, where he began to build a following singing on the streets of Harvard Square, gradually working his way through the scene. His 1992 collection of self-produced demo recordings, In the Journey, was recorded on an old 8-track in a friendâ€™s attic. He managed to sell 20,000 copies out of his guitar case.
From 1996 to 2002 Sexton released Black Sheep, The American, Wonder Bar and Live Wide Open. The activity and worldwide touring behind these records laid the foundation for the career he enjoys today with an uncommonly loyal fan base; he sells out venues from New Yorkâ€™s Nokia Theatre to L.A.â€™s House of Blues, and tours regularly across Canada and Europe.
Happily and fiercely independent, Martin Sexton launched his own label, KTR, in 2002. Since then he has infiltrated many musical worlds, performing at concerts ranging from pop (collaborating with John Mayer) to the Jam scene to classic rock (collaborating with Peter Frampton); from the Newport Folk Fest to Bonnaroo to New Orleans Jazz Fest to a performance at Carnegie Hall.
Regardless of his reputation as a musicianâ€™s musician, Sexton canâ€™t keep Hollywood away. His songs can be heard in many feature films and television including NBCâ€™s Scrubs, Parenthood and Showtimeâ€™s hit series Brotherhood.
Stage, film and television aside, when Sexton isnâ€™t touring he often mixes entertainment with his sense of social responsibility, performing at benefits for Paul Newmanâ€™s Hole in the Wall Gang camp, the Childrenâ€™s Tumor Foundation, Japan earthquake/tsunami relief (The John Lennon Tribute), and Hurricane Irene relief efforts in Vermont, to name some.
In 2007 Sexton began his most successful years to date with the release of his studio offering Seeds. The album debuted at #6 on Billboardâ€™s Heatseekers chart, and the Los Angeles Times said, â€śCall him a soul shouter, a road poet, a folkie or a rocker and you wouldnâ€™t be wrong.â€ť
The live CD/DVD set Solo, which includes a DVD of his performance at Denverâ€™s Mile High Festival, followed in 2008.
In 2010 the album Sugarcoating found this one-of-a-kind-troubadour doing what he does best: locating larger truths. After hearing it, NBC anchor Brian Williams sought Martin out to sit down for an interview backstage at New Yorkâ€™s Beacon Theatre. Itâ€™s now featured on MSNBCâ€™s BriTunes.
The accolades continue. Billboard called Sextonâ€™s version of â€śWorking Class Heroâ€ť for the Lennon tribute/benefit in 2010 â€śchill-inspiring.â€ť Released this November as part of The 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute album, the track is available on iTunes.
Chris Trapper is a storyteller. With his soulful, honeyed tenor, sly humor and an uncanny knack for melody, Chris has traveled the world over, performing to a dedicated and ever growing fan base with nothing but his guitar and his songs. Raised on Prine and Kristofferson, Trapper's first foray in the music industry was as frontman of the critically acclaimed alt-rock band The Push Stars (Capitol Records). Over the past decade, Chris has become a modern day acoustic troubadour, performing over 150 dates a year as a headliner and sharing the stage with the likes of Colin Hay, Martin Sexton and even John Prine himself.
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