MARTIN SEXTON; "Black Sheep" (Eastern Front). * * *
Boston-based singer/songwriter Martin Sexton has a lot to show for his 28 years.
He began his music career singing in Boston's subways and
played coffee houses and clubs around the New England area. He's shared the stage with Jackson Browne, Stephen Stills, Art Garfunkel and John Hiatt, and, oh, yes, he's been nominated for four Boston Music Awards.
But rather than sit comfortably with the "folk singer" label, he branches out on his debut CD, "Black Sheep." (He did release an independent cassette called "In the Journey" five years ago.)
Though he is technically a folk singer, he mixes gospel, blues, ragtime, jazz and Slavic tones to create a very well-rounded offering.
The album's title cut is clearly in the vein of Ray Charles and Al Green, while "Can't Stop Thinking About You" is night-club jazz.
There's the Old-World flavor of "Gypsy Woman" and the guitar chord progression hints Scott Joplin's mellower plinks.
"Black Sheep" is a encompassing collection of songs from Sexton. His voice is just as dynamic as the music.
Martin Sexton will play the Wooden Dog in Trolley Square Sunday, Oct. 13. Doors open at 7 p.m.