(Nashville, TN) March 16, 2014 – Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith is preparing for the release of his new studio album, Carousel One, out in North America on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The album will be released in the U.S. via Compass Records and in his home country by Warner Music Canada.
Carousel One, produced by Jim Scott, features 14 new Sexsmith originals. It was recorded with an incredible cast of musicians including bass player Bob Glaub (John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne), guitarist Jon Graboff (John Lee Hooker, Dr John), drummer Don Heffington (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris), and keyboard player John Ginty (Dixie Chicks).
Carousel One finds Sexsmith in surprising territory for a man often pegged as a downbeat balladeer: he’s actually contented. “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 just never had before. I just hope it doesn’t scare the children.”
“Sexsmith has proven himself a storyteller and musician worthy of the praise he’s received.” –Paste
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Artist’s website: http://www.ronsexsmith.com/
‘Saint Bernard’, the first single taken from Carousel One:
The first single off Carousel One, ‘Saint Bernard’, is a tribute to an anonymous family dog from a photograph picked up in a second-hand shop by Ron’s wife.
“They’ve always been my favorite type of dog,” says Ron, recalling the genesis of the song. “I was sitting in the kitchen one day playing guitar. I had this melody but no lyrics, so I looked up at the picture and just started singing the opening lines. I guess the album is kind of a travelogue of music that I like which was mostly a happy accident.”