Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith has today announced that his new studio album, Carousel One is set to be released on Monday, March 30th 2015.
Carousel One was produced by Jim Scott and features an incredible cast of studio musicians helping to bring Ron’s songs to life including bass player Bob Glaub, whose previous clients include 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 Ron 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, “Can’t Get My Act Together,” a song Ron says he started writing in Montreal and finished at home in Toronto.
“Being in a business that seems to tolerate never growing up,” Ron explains, “the song is about disappointing the ones you love. But it’s a straight up rocking kind of tune with a Kinks vibe.”
Stay tuned for more information.
Carousel One tracklisting:
– Sure As The Sky
– Saint Bernard
– Loving You
– Before The Night Is Gone
– Lucky Penny
– Getaway Car
– Nothing Feels The Same Anymore
– Sun’s Coming Out
– Lord Knows
– All Our Tomorrows
– No One
– Can’t Get My Act Together
– Tumbling Sky
– Many Times
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