Ron Sexsmith returns to Simcoe County for a performance at the Historic Gayety Theatre in Collingwood.

The Toronto-based, singer-songwriter released one of his most personal albums to date last spring. The Last Rider centres on life changes and includes all of the elements he has become known for – humorous, bittersweet, uplifting and romantic songs.

The album is the first to include his touring band. Co-produced with long-time collaborator Don Kerr, who also serves as drummer for the band, Sexsmith chose to make The Last Rider in Canada, at The Bathouse, Tragically Hip’s studio near Kingston.

Sexsmith has wanted to do music for as long as he can remember. He taught himself how to play the piano and today he does most of his writing with that instrument. He took a couple of guitar lessons but wanted to learn chords so he purchased a Beatles songbook, which included the chord diagrams, and taught himself. His first song followed, at the age of 14. Recordings followed, when he felt they were good enough. Since then, he’s become a Juno award-winning songwriter with 12 solo albums.

Sexsmith said it is second nature to write short, melodic songs that say “everything you want to say.” Lyrics are inspired by all manner of things. One song, Man At The Gate (1913), emerged from a postcard he purchased near his home. It made him think of the traces we leave behind.

Ron Sexsmith plays the Gayety Theatre, August 3 at 8 p.m. Visit gayetytheatre.com for tickets.

 

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