February 27, 2017 – Nasville, TN – Three-time Juno award winner Ron Sexsmith has revealed details about his new album, THE LAST RIDER. Ron’s thirteenth studio recording was co-produced at The Bathouse Studios in Kingston, Ontario by longtime drummer and collaborator Don Kerr and Sexsmith. The album is his first to include Ron’s touring band.
Since making his major-label debut in 1995, Ron Sexsmith has become recognised worldwide as one of Canada’s most renowned songwriters. He counts among his fans no less than Elvis Costello, Elton John and Paul McCartney and has amassed no less than eight Juno Award nominations as Songwriter of the Year.
“At this point, it’s just second nature for me to write short, melodic songs that say everything I want to say,” says Sexsmith. “But having my band totally involved on this album maybe brought out more in the songs than on other recent albums. It felt special, anyway.”
“Man At The Gate (1913) was inspired by a photograph taken a century ago in front of Toronto’s Trinity-Bellwoods park, conveying the message that although styles and attitudes change, we all remain connected through our shared humanity. It all sprang from Sexsmith simply buying a postcard at a shop near his house one day.
“In the photograph, there’s a man walking by the gates of the park, and you can barely see him, but that’s the kind of thing I easily get obsessed about,” he says. “I couldn’t stop thinking that that guy could be me 100 years later, and really could be all of us. We’re here for a certain period of time, and we leave behind these traces of who we were that have the potential to inspire people who come along after we’re gone. To me, that’s really beautiful.”
In addition to album release details, Sexsmith has also today announced the dates for his upcoming Canadian tour. Every concert ticket purchased for Ron Sexsmith’s The Last Rider tour will include a digital copy of his new album The Last Rider. Beginning today, fans who purchase concert tickets or pre-order The Last Rider from iTunes or on CD/LP from Ron’s Official Store prior to the album’s April 21 release, will receive five new songs instantly including the single “Radio”. (Some UK dates have been announced as well with an option to add-on The Last Rider with ticket purchase.)
THE LAST RIDER will be released April 21st, 2017 on Compass Records.