Guitar slinger Charlie Sexton will release his first solo album in 10 years in July as the first fruit of a multi-album deal with Narada’s Back Porch Records. Described as “contemplative and gritty” by the label, the set will be supported by an extensive tour. Sexton plans to debut material from the set in March during the South by Southwest music conference in his hometown, Austin, Texas.
Often described as a musical prodigy, Sexton was just 16 years old when MCA released his debut album, 1985’s “Pictures for Pleasure,” and scored a hit with the single “Beat’s So Lonely,” which reached No. 17 on Billboard’s Hot 100. A self-titled solo set followed in 1989, as did a mid-’90s stint in the Arc Angels and a turn as leader of the Charlie Sexton Sextet.
He’s also become an in-demand guitarist, playing with the likes of Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Ron Wood, Lucinda Williams, Edie Brickell and Double Trouble.