HGTV has teamed up with Paste for our ninth annual party in Austin, Texas, at SXSW, March 13-16. With 11 bands per day, the lineup includes both some of the festival’s most exciting veteran performers including Billy Bragg, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Josh Ritter and The Zombies, as well as newcomers like Foxygen, The Lone Bellow and GUARDS.
The official four-day party will be held at one of 6th Street’s biggest music venues, The Stage on Sixth (508 E. 6th Street), from noon to 6 p.m. In the days leading up to the event, we’ll post previews on the artists on the lineup.
Hometown: St. Catharines, Ontario
Recent Album: Forever Endeavour
For Fans Of: Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney
Perhaps most well-known for penning “Secret Heart,” a tune covered by both Rod Stewart and Feist, Ron Sexsmith began his rise to popularity with the release of his self-titled album in 1995. A prolific songwriter and tireless worker, Sexsmith has released 11 albums in the years since, including this year’s Forever Endeavour, released in February via Cooking Vinyl.
The singer-songwriter’s music is almost always catchy, even at its darkest, owing to melodic harmony that has been compared to Paul McCartney and Elton John. His lyrics are often brooding and introspective, but his insights into himself and the world surrounding truly set Sexsmith apart from the rest.
His emotional expression has become increasingly poignant with each subsequent release, and ‘Forever Endeavour,’ although not as poppy as the singer’s other records, represents the pinnacle of the Sexsmith’s efforts. “Nowhere to Go” and “Me, Myself and Wine” give lighthearted articulation to feeling lonely and useless, while “Snake Road” is a fun track about looking back on life and realizing not to make the same mistake twice.