Martin Sexton

Translating his music to the stage with the right amount of liberty from album versions, Martin Sexton’s April 28 solo show at the Hard Rock Café was a great night for those who appreciate a finely crafted tune. Unfortunately, those music appreciators only numbered about 50 people. (Just to give a little perspective, the Syracuse, N.Y.-based singer has sold out three upcoming shows in New York City). On the bright side, the intimate setting allowed for pleasant bantering and a full view of the singer/songwriter’s unabashed emotion. Touring in support of his latest album, Sugarcoating, Sexton’s improvised set list spanned two-decades of original material, including the timeless “Can’t Stop Thinking ’Bout You,” “Happy” and a sing-along to “Black Sheep,” where he beat-boxed and made his acoustic guitar mimic the sounds of an electric bass. Hearing Sexton live is an impactful experience because he simultaneously tugs at your heart-strings and makes you smile through the tears—too bad you missed it.

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