Martin Sexton With Opener Jesse Dee- 4 Nights in Boston *Golden Circle Seats* - 9/19/19

Martin Sexton With Opener Jesse Dee- 4 Nights in Boston *Golden Circle Seats* - 9/19/19

Thursday, September 19 2019 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start


Thu Sep 19 2019

Martin Sexton With Opener Jesse Dee- 4 Nights in Boston *Golden Circle Seats* - 9/19/19

at City Winery Boston






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"The real thing, people." - Billboard

In 2019 American singer-songwriter Martin Sexton extends touring in support of his ninth studio release Mixtape of the Open Road.   The Wall Street Journal and CMT premiered tracks from the album that since garnered much critical acclaim. "Outstanding taste in songwriting as well as a soul-marinated voice." -Rollingstone

Syracuse native Sexton got his start singing in the streets and subways of Boston in the early 90's. Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, he has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. His songs have appeared in television series such as Scrubs, Parenthood, Masters of Sex and in numerous films, though it's his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for more.


“Tough-but-tender soul and rollicking, rootsy R&B...infectious, revival-meeting furor”

–Boston GlobeBoston’s Jesse Dee is a singing, songwriting, guitar-playing soul
man—a modern day trailblazer inspired by the old school. Dee’s passion is
exploring and updating soul music for contemporary audiences. With his warm
and honest sound, his instantly memorable melodies and positive, slice-of-life
lyrics (evoking the heyday of the Brill Building songwriters), he accomplishes just
that. His inventive, hook-filled songs are delivered with buoyant, youthful
exuberance. Live, he always brings down the house, and keeps his ever-growing
fan base coming back for more. His band lays down driving, infectious grooves
while Dee’s expressive vocals put him in a class by himself. On the strength of
his fervent live shows, Dee plays to packed clubs in New England and has toured
across Europe, earning new fans at every gig. The Boston Herald declares, “Dee
has an explosive voice. He possesses a powerful, raspy tenor and an uncanny
phrasing ability that can’t be taught.”Dee won the 2010 Boston Phoenix Music
Poll Award for Best R&B Act, both for the strength of his live show and the
aftershocks of his 2008 debut CD, Bittersweet Batch (7Not Records/Munich
Records). With his new album, On My Mind / In My Heart (AL 4952), his first for
Alligator Records, Dee is now poised to break into the minds and hearts of music
lovers across the country and around the world. The album, eleven original
songs produced by Dee and Jack Younger, is a sweet soul masterpiece full of
good vibes and funky, joyful music. Like Sam Cooke, Dee writes about real life
with true emotional poetry. His lyrics are set to toe-tapping melodies with horn
charts channeling The Memphis Horns and 1970s-era Van Morrison. Much like
an artist painting on canvas (another of his talents), Dee crafts his songs in
layers, oftentimes starting with a melody and lyrics, then carefully adding guitar
riffs, horn blasts, vocal inflections, or any number of other colors from his musical
palette. He fills his songs with a wide variety of textures, allowing listeners to
visualize the images he paints with his words. “I’m a music fan first,” Dee says,
“so it’s important to me to seek out and create with original ideas. That’s why
songwriting is so important, and why I mean every word I write and sing.”Born in
1980 in Boston, MA, Dee grew up in nearby Arlington. He got his first taste of
soul music from local oldies radio station WODS when he was eight years old. As
a child, he was drawn to the sounds of The Drifters, The Shirelles, Smokey
Robinson, Sam Cooke and other doo wop, Motown and R&B greats. He always
loved singing, and would often record made-up tunes into his tape recorder. He
sang in school theatre productions and church choir, and was writing songs by
his mid-teens. Dee began fronting a band soon after, but didn’t pick up his first
guitar until he was 18. With help from his musically inclined father and The Bob
Dylan Six-Chord Songbook, he taught himself the instrument well enough to start
performing as a solo artist a year later. During this period, Jesse immersed
himself in the music of Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Solomon Burke, Etta James,
James Brown and all the deep soul masters, listening, learning, writing and
continuing to hone his craft by playing live every chance he could get. Dee attended Massachusetts College Of Art And Design, studying illustration, performance, production, mixed-media and composition. He sang with the ten-piece soul ensemble Decifunk, and toured up and down the East Coast. In theearly 2000’s he even lent his voice to rock ‘n’ roll band The Dirty Whites before starting his own group. He released his first album, Bittersweet Batch, in 2008, and heads immediately began turning. The New York Daily News awarded the CD a rare four-star review, saying, “I am blown away by what’s coming out of my speakers…remarkable…there isn’t a bad song to be found…upbeat and soulful.”

The success of the CD allowed Dee and his band to travel beyond Boston,

making new converts in Washington, DC, New York, Philadelphia, Nashville, and
Chicago. He first toured the Netherlands, the UK and Italy in 2009 before
heading back again the following two years, this time adding Ireland, Belgium,
Germany, France and Spain to his itinerary. Dee has opened for soul greats Al
Green, Solomon Burke, Etta James, Bettye LaVette, and blues rockers Los
Lobos and the J. Geils Band, and has shared stages many times with fellow soul
singer James Hunter.With his new relationship with Alligator Records, Dee is
ready to set the world on fire. He will tour widely, bringing his modern, fun and
timeless music to clubs, concert halls and festivals all over the world. Dee is
proud of the songs on On My Mind / In My Heart, saying the music is a perfect
representation of where he is as an artist. “Soul music is capable of touching the
greatest and most diverse group of people,” Dee says. “All the best soul music is
based on shared experience. Songs have the ability to affect people, shine a
light, lift them up, and push them forward. There’s hope in these songs,” he
continues, “and people need that now more than ever.”