It's clear that 2015 is in full swing with regular announcements of new albums - just last week it was confirmed that both Ringo Starr and Other Lives have new releases coming. I couldn't be more excited with news that singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith's 'Carousel One' is set to be released here in North America on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Here is the information posted on the Amazon Web site, and there is an :
Ron Sexsmith's new release on Compass Records, Carousel One, is the cherished Canadian crooner s first album in two years. It finds Sexsmith in surprising territory for a man often pegged as a downbeat balladeer: he s actually contented.
The 16-track album is a warm, deeply involving set of songs that showcases Sexsmith's great empathy and occasional sentimentality, but also his often-overlooked playfulness. Carousel One (named for the luggage retrieval belt at Los Angeles airport where bags off Toronto flights are delivered) is probably the most diverse album of Sexsmith's nearly 20-year solo career.
Songs like "No One" came from the idea of attempting to write in the vein of Roger Miller. Opening track "Sure As The Sky" originated as a folky campfire song but it turned into more of a folk/rock number.
Producer Jim Scott assembled a seasoned band to play on the album: bass player Bob Glaub (John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Graham Nash); guitarist Jon Graboff (John Lee Hooker, Dr John); drummer Don Heffington (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris); and keyboard player John McGinty (Neal Casal, Matthew Sweet).
Ron has been a critical success since his self-titled debut back in 1995, an album that won the admiration of songwriters such as Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney. Carousel One glides into 2015 with the poignancy and craft that has come to be expected of Ron ever since then.
This album comes packaged in a 4-color bi-fold wallet with a 12 page booklet with full credits, lyrics and liner notes. This CD edition includes two bonus tracks.
For more information on his upcoming album and tour dates, visit www.ronsexsmith.com/