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Ron Sexsmith on Conan O’Brien

January 10th, 2007
Ron Sexsmith

I got an email today from Cathy Hendrix who is part of Ron’s management informing me he would be on TV, so I stayed up until 1:30 AM apparently to see Ron play on my birthday.

I’m a big fan of singer songwriters. And I kept hearing good things said by people I respect about Ron. He eventually recorded an album with Steve Earle down South and that was the first album of his I bought and still possibly my favourite. I may have checked him out live before that album came out, I’ve seen Ron play a few times, three I think all at different venues in Vancouver.

Who was backing Ron?

I’ve seen him solo but he had a three piece band with him on TV. The usual guy was playing guitar, he’s also in The Supers who I’ve seen open for Ron. He had a Bigsby but he didn’t use it much and he had his pile o’ pedals. The drummer was different. At first I thought it might be Tyler Stewart because all chubby shaven headed white guy drummers look a like. It wasn’t Tyler, but it also wasn’t Don who has played with Ron for a long long time. They even released an album together. Don even left the Rheostatics to play full time with Ron and run his studio. Don Kerr is a great drummer.

Ron’s Guitar Picking

Ron played a new song off his new album and played acoustic guitar. He sometimes plays piano/keyboards, he’s been working on that more. I even remember him doing a Tom Waits cover on keyboards one time. He’s kinda the opposite of Marlene Lau who took piano lessons then taught herself guitar. He didn’t use a pick and played the base strings with his thumb but also up strummed with his index and middle fingers. Conan asked him about it at the end, Conan plays guitar. Ron sometimes fingerpicks entire songs, but he has a less than textbook guitar technique, sometimes that is more interesting. He also had a capo on the first fret I think, maybe video will appear on YouTube or something.

A Songwriter’s Songwriter

Ron is one of the best songwriters out there right now so I encourage you to check him out live or pick up one of his albums. I recommend “Blue Boy” and “Whereabouts” those are my favourites but I think I might be missing one or two. His songs are beautiful but oftentimes sad. It’s no surprise I became a fan. I once quoted perhaps his most famous song, at least it was five years ago, to Owen’s then girlfriend and she thought it was the greatest thing ever. Chicks dig Ron.

She wasn’t the girl next door, but the girl from around the corner.

If you found the YouTube video of this performance or want to wax poetic about Ron Sexsmith you can leave a question below. I eventually saw Ron play again live. He is actually coming to Calgary soon and I really should get tickets, the MRU website is giving me grief, I saw Tommy Emanuel at that venue. I eventually did get a ticket, even plumped for the V.I.P. experience, never done that before. I do have Ron Sexsmith records on CD and vinyl, I could take to a meet and greet, but I wonder if I just get shorter lines.

If you have thoughts on Ron Sexsmith or paying more for the V.I.P. experience you can leave a comment below.


  • Muskie says:

    So I flick through the channels to see the hockey highlights or something, I didn’t have a plan and Ron Sexsmith is on another channel, this time he is the artist of the week on Arts & Minds. Maybe Ron is finally getting his long deserved fame. There is a video clip on their website. It didn’t work so well for me, the link is to a .wvx file.

    I remember when I was living in Japan I noted down the release date of his album there and made a special trip to Tower Records in Kyoto to buy it. I don’t know how many album sales Ron got on album release day in Japan, but he sold at least one album.

  • Muskie says:

    Well I stayed up late again to watch Ron Sexsmith appear on TV. He was interviewed on CBC’s the hour. He is actually a really funny guy with a good self deprecating sense of humor. He noted that since he was signed on Kiefer Sutherland’s record label in the states he wanted to play a terrorist on 24.

    I never knew Kiefer Sutherland had a record label, everyone has a record label these days, maybe I should start one.

    I didn’t get an email from his management about this appearance, but I did read about it on MySpace. I wonder if anyone will take offence to me liking Ron Sexsmith? What is there not to like about Ron Sexsmith?

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