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Martin Sexton, Sam Lewis coming to State

By: Staff report
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Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton performs at the State Theatre in support of his ninth studio release, the critically acclaimed “Mixtape of the Open Road.”

Syracuse-native Sexton got his start singing in the streets and subways of Boston in the early ‘90s. Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Bonnaroo to Carnegie Hall, he has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. Since launching his own label, KTR, in 2002, he has infiltrated many musical worlds ranging from pop to classic rock, and collaborated with artists such as John Mayer and Peter Frampton. His songs have appeared in many feature films and in television series such as “Scrubs,” “Parenthood,” and “Masters of Sex,” though it’s his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for more.

Opening for Sexton is singer-songwriter Sam Lewis, who has collaborated with artists such as John Prine and Kacey Musgraves. Chris Stapleton dubbed him “a modern Townes Van Zandt.”  Taking inspiration from old-time greats like Lee Dorsey and Pops Staples, Lewis strives to preserve the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and country-folk. His love for music seeps through in the rich rhythms and soulful sounds of his passionate playing.