Half man, half melody, Ron Sexsmith’s new album The Vivian Line is the 17th album entry in Ron Sexsmith’s compelling discography. His catalogue has earned him immense peer respect and a loyal international following, and this new release captures Ron at the top of his creative game.
The who, what, where, why and how of the record are best explained by Ron himself: “The Vivian Line is a rural route right near where we live in Stratford (Ontario). Whenever we have to get out of the city we jump on The Vivian Line and it dumps us out onto the highway. I wondered about the name when we first moved there and thought it was intriguing… it sort of represents escaping from our old life in Toronto to this new phase we’re in. And it’s also like a portal to my old life when I have to get back there.”
Having worked together on three earlier albums, Ron Sexsmith teamed up with producer/multi-instrumentalist Brad Jones. “It was almost scary how smoothly it went,” notes Ron. “I was so impressed with Brad every step of the way. It was almost annoying how he was always right about everything, so after a certain point I just gave in – ‘just tell me what you want me to do.'”
The result is a beautifully rich and evocative sounding album; one that is guaranteed to delight the Sexsmith faithful out there and deserves to attract new fans to the fold.
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