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XPN Free At Noon: Martin Sexton and Eli "Paperboy" Reed

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Martin Sexton With an incredible vocal range and an uncommon talent for the guitar, singer-songwriter Martin Sexton has been consistently been able to channel his love for classic, soulful folk, blues, rock, and pop music into accessible, emotional songs that combine the best aspects of singers like Van Morrison and Otis Redding.

A self-taught guitarist and singer, Sexton formed his first rock n'roll band when he was in the eighth grade; his garage bands in high school would play the music of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. He left his home in Syracuse, NY for the coffeehouse scene of Boston, where he began busking and playing open mic nights in 1989. Recorded in a friend's attic in 1990, Sexton's cassette-only self-released debut record, In The Journey, managed to sell 15,000 copies before it was later reissued by Eastern Front Records. After winning the National Academy of Songwriters' Artist of the Year award in 1994, Sexton continued his grueling touring schedule while taking time to release eight more albums, up until the present day. His latest album, Sugarcoating, was released on Kitchen Table in 2010. As always, the tracks are powerful and interesting, without a hint of pretense. The album was written as a reflection on a society that's been through much, including 9-11. In addition, Sexton also addresses subjects important to him--family and selflessness. Don't miss an opportunity to see this talented musician--he's got one heck of a stage presence.

Recent Release: Sugarcoating
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Label: Kitchen Table
Origin: Syracuse, NY

Free At Noon Setlist
1. America/Found
2. Boom Sh-Boom
3. Stick Around
4. Livin’ the Life

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Eli Blue-eyed soul virtuoso, Eli “Paperboy” Reed may have grown up in Massachusetts but he executes the heart-wrenching emotion of Southern predecessors like Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding. Even more bizarre, Reed, along with his seven-piece True Loves, just finished a month long tour, sharing dates with alternative/pop-punk band, Say Anything.

Reed’s electrifying performances enable him to captivate any crowd. With his mixture of high-energy, body-swinging music and tear-jerking, lovelorn ballads, he keeps his audience craving for more. Paperboy was nominated as the Breakthrough Artist of the Year in the 2009 Mojo awards after his two independently released albums, Sings Walkin' and Talkin'and Other Smash Hits!, and Roll With You.. His major-label debut, Come and Get It, is respectful of pop music. Mr. Reed knows the true origin and value of this sometimes-devalued genre. As he said in reference to his style, "'s all about writing pop songs. Soul music was the greatest pop music of the 20th century and its influence is so far-reaching." You can listen to his 2008 session on World Cafe, by clicking here.

Recent Release: Come and Get It
Label: Capitol
Band Origin: Allston, MA

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Intro/Satisfier
2. Name Calling
3. Just Like Me
4. Come and Get It

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