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Ron Sexsmith

The earnest work of boyish Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith won acclaim not only from critics but from fellow performers like Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, and John Hiatt -- some of the same artists, ironically enough, who initially inspired Sexsmith himself to become a musician. Born in 1964 and raised in the Niagara Falls area, he started his first band at the age of 14, and within a few years earned his first regular gig at an area club. Influenced by Pete Seeger, he began making the rounds on the folk circuit, but soon decided to focus his attentions on becoming a songwriter. After moving to the Toronto area, Sexsmith formed the Uncool and began issuing his own material in 1985 with the cassette Out of the Duff, followed a year later by There's a Way.

He continued performing while maintaining a day job as a courier but did not release anything more until 1991's Grand Opera Lane, recorded by Blue Rodeo's Bob Wiseman. The collection of songs helped earn Sexsmith a songwriting contract and eventually a recording deal with Interscope Records; teamed with producer Mitchell Froom, he released his self-titled debut in 1995. A follow-up, Other Songs, appeared two years later. In 1999, Sexsmith returned with Whereabouts, again produced by Froom. Three years later, Sexsmith inked a deal with Nettwerk and released Cobblestone Runway in October 2002. His seventh album, Retriever, followed two years later. In 2005, Sexsmith shifted creative gears with Destination Unknown, a primarily acoustic album recorded in collaboration with longtime bandmate Don Kerr. Time Being arrived in 2006. Two years later, Sexsmith released his ninth studio album, Exit Strategy of the Soul, which was produced by Martin Terefe.

For his tenth album, 2011's Long Player Late Bloomer, he turned to an unlikely collaborator in veteran producer Bob Rock (Metallica, the Cult). Rock's big glossy sound proved a welcome foil for Sexsmith's lyrically downcast songs, and the album's success ignited a resurgence in his popularity. Rather than repeat this winning formula, Sexsmith instead reconnected with Mitchell Froom, the architect of his early sound, and recorded the more subdued, largely acoustic follow-up Forever Endeavour, which arrived early in 2013. Two years later, Sexsmith landed somewhere in the middle with the casual and often upbeat Carousel One. The lengthy, 16-track LP boasted strong, full-band arrangements, yet felt effortlessly off the cuff and decidedly more relaxed than either of his two previous efforts. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Carousel One

1. Sure As The Sky

2. Saint Bernard

3. Loving You

4. Before The Light Is Gone

5. Lucky Penny

6. Getaway Car

7. Nothing Feels The Same Anymore

8. Sun's Coming Out

9. Lord Knows

10. All Our Tomorrows

11. No One

12. Can't Get My Act Together

13. Tumbling Sky

14. Many Times

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Track List: Forever Endeavour

1. Nowhere To Go

2. Nowhere Is

3. If Only Avenue

4. Snake Road

5. Blind Eye

6. Lost In Thought

7. Sneak Out The Back Door

8. Back Of My Hand

9. Deepens With Time

10. Me, Myself And Wine

11. She Does My Heart Good

12. The Morning Light

13. Life After A Broken Heart

14. Autumn Light

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Track List: Long Player Late Bloomer

1. Get In Line

2. The Reason Why

3. Bekieve It When I See It

4. Miracles

5. No Help At All

6. Late Bloomer

7. Heavenly

8. Michael And His Dad

9. Middle Of Love

10. Every Time I Follow

11. Eye Candy

12. Love Shines

13. Nowadays

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Track List: Live

1. Whatever It Takes (Live)

2. Imaginary Friends (Live)

3. Happiness (Live)

4. Over My Head (Live)

5. Former Glory (Live)

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Track List: Exit Strategy Of The Soul

1. Spiritude (Instrumental)

2. This Is How I Know

3. One Last Round

4. Ghost Of A Chance

5. Thoughts And Prayers

6. Brandy Alexander

7. Traveling Alone

8. Poor Helpless Dreams

9. Hard Time

10. Impossible World

11. Chased By Love

12. Brighter Still

13. Music To My Ears

14. Dawn Anna (Instrumental)

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Track List: Time Being

1. Hands Of Time

2. Snow Angel

3. All In Good Time

4. Never Give Up

5. I Think We're Lost

6. Reason For Our Love

7. Cold Hearted Wind

8. Jazz At The Bookstore

9. Ship Of Fools

10. The Grim Trucker

11. Some Dusty Thinjgs

12. And Now The Day Is Done

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Track List: Retriever

1. Hard Bargain

2. Imaginary Friends

3. Not AboutTo Lose

4. Tomorrow In Her Eyes

5. From Now On

6. For The Driver

7. Wishing Wells

8. Whatever It Takes

9. Dandelion Wine

10. Happiness

11. How On Earth

12. I Know It Well

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Track List: Rarities

1. On A Whim

2. Almost Always

3. Good Old Desk

4. You Were There

5. Same Old Eyes

6. Tears Behind The Shades

7. Blade Of Grass

8. Too Late

9. Words We Never Use

10. I Don't Like Mondays

11. Before We Ever Met

12. A Kiss For Luck

13. All The Cherished Things

14. You Cross My Mind

15. Gold In Them Hills

16. Someway, Somehow

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Track List: Cobblestone Runway

1. Former Glory

2. These Days

3. Least That I Can Do

4. God Loves Everyone

5. Disappearing Act

6. For A Moment

7. Gold In Them Hills

8. Heart's Desire

9. Dragonfly On Bay Street

10. The Less I Know

11. Up The Road

12. Best Friends

13. Gold In Them Hills (Remix)

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Track List: Grand Opera Lane

1. In This Love

2. Spending Money

3. Don't Mind Losing

4. Tell You

5. Gonna Get What's Mine

6. Speaking With The Angel

7. Every Word Of It

8. Some People

9. Trains

10. Saving Her Love

11. The Laughing Crowd

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Track List: Blue Boy

1. This Song

2. Cheap Hotel

3. Don't Ask Why

4. Foolproof

5. Tell Me Again

6. Just My Heart Talkin'

7. Not Too Big

8. Miracle In Itself

9. Thirsty Love

10. Never Been Done

11. Thumbelina Farewell

12. Parable

13. Keep It In Mind

14. Fallen

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Track List: Whereabouts

1. Still Time

2. Right About Now

3. Must Have Heard it Wrong

4. Riverbed

5. Feel For You

6. In A Flash

7. The Idiot Boy

8. Beautiful View

9. One Grey Morning

10. Doomed

11. Every Passing Day

12. Seem To Recall

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Track List: Other Songs

1. Thinking Out Loud

2. Strawberry Blonde

3. Average Joe

4. Thinly Veiled Disguise

5. Nothing Good

6. Pretty Little Cemetery

7. It Never Fails

8. Clown In Broad Daylight

9. At Different Times

10. Child Star

11. Honest Mistake

12. So Young

13. While You're Waiting

14. April After All

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Track List: Ron Sexsmith

1. Secret Heart

2. There's A Rhythm

3. Words We Never Use

4. Summer Blowin' Town

5. Lebanon, Tennessee

6. Speaking With The Angel

7. In Place Of You

8. Heart With No Companion

9. Several Miles

10. From A Few Streets Over

11. First Chance I Get

12. Wastin' Time

13. Galabraith Street

14. There's A Rhythm

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The number 9 are those of LEADERSHIP, the ability to see clearly, integration, intellectual , SPIRITUALITY , unity, truth, the Seer, high moral sense, good advisor, LEADING BY POSITIVE EXAMPLES, learning to say ‘No’, creative abilities, sensitivity, loyalty, discretion, brilliance, problem-solv i n g , inner-wisdom , freedom, tolerance.
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PEOPLE I BELIEVE WE HAVE 7 MORE YEARS TO BELIEVE IN THE SON OF GOD AND THAT JESUS CAME IN THE FLESH! IN THE YEAR 2024 ALL HELL IS COMING! THAT WILL BE THE YEAR OF THE 51 PRESIDENT! 2024=6 THE Number 51=6 In the Bible, the number 6 symbolizes man and human weakness, THE EVILS OF SATAN and The Manifestatio n of sin!
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I BELIEVE THE YEAR 2026 JESUS IS COMING BACK FOR US BELIEVERS! 26=8 Number 8 in the Bible represents A NEW BEGINNING! MEANING A NEW ORDER OR CREATION, and man's true 'born again' event when he is resurrected from the dead into eternal life.
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Proverbs 31:2-9 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
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Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
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Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. IN OTHER WORDS Don’t waste your strength on women. Women destroy kings, so don’t waste yourself on them. Lemuel, it is not wise for KINGS to drink wine. It is not wise for RULERS to want beer. They may drink too much and forget what the law says. Then they might take away the rights of the poor.
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GIVE BEER TO PEOPLE WITHOUT HOPE. GIVE WINE TO THOSE WHO ARE IN TROUBLE. LET THEM DRINK TO FORGET THEIR TROUBLES. LET THEM FORGET THEY ARE POOR. Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Help people who are in trouble. Stand up for what you know is right, and judge all people fairly. Protect the rights of the poor and those who need help.
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Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.Rev e l a t i o n 19:16 And he have on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords. WE ARE KINGS & LORDS
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Anoint your house on the doorpost and the two side post before New Year's come in :-)
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You left out Blue Boy. That album was produced by Steve Earle in 2001.
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Ron Sexsmith's How On Earth may be one of the greatest unheralded love songs.
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Oh Canada....
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Ron Sexsmith is the best pornstar name i have ever heard
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leslieg516
Hmmm . . . quirky. Not sure I like it.
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Picked up his Cobblestone Runway at a used CD store with a recommendati o n of a friend-And what a surprise I fell for the man-love the voice and piercing observations in his songs.
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steveandlaur a 7 1 8 9
some of his songs kick me in the heart
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Nice sound. Curiosity got the best of me. It seems that's his real last name. http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / R o n _ S e x s m i t h
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don3666
sort of Neil Youngish...
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rje_12
too good.
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How can I distinguish myself from other artists, and other Smith's? I know! I will add the word sex, not as a middle name, but as part of my last name. YES, that's it. everybody loves Sex!
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livelorelei
I love his voice - so sweet and melodic
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He's got an awesome sound... but DAMN thats a killer name!
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gil2fly
Ron Sexsmith looks just like Andy Milanakis(sp ? ) on his that self-titled album cover

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