Ronald Eldon Sexsmith, 8 January 1964, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Formerly a motorcycle messenger, Toronto resident Sexsmith was first inspired by the music of Tim Hardin and other 60s singer-songwriters. By the age of 17 he was singing cover versions in local bars. Embarking on his own song cycles, he released 1991s cassette only Grand Opera Lane (the album was eventually re-released on CD almost a decade later). Four years lapsed before Sexsmith teamed up with producer Mitchell Froom to record a proper debut, dedicated to the recently deceased Nilsson, which achieved almost universal press acclaim. Elvis Costello called it the best album of the year, and many others were attracted to the nakedness and intimacy of Sexsmiths songwriting. Largely comprising basic percussion, minimal keyboards, acoustic guitar and Sexsmiths fragile, understated voice, it proved a winning formula despite moderate sales.
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