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With Ron Sexsmith, Mark Olson, The Civil Wars, Sonya Kitchell (featuring Broken Strings) and The Steel Wheels
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
TICKETS: Advance $15, at the door $25
INFO:www.mountainstage.org or 800-594-TIXXCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bittersweet thread runs through some of Ron Sexsmith's songs. The Canadian singer/songwriter is gifted at writing thoughtful songs that capture melancholy and disappointment, but he said, "I never wanted to be one of those songwriters who was the master of the one emotion. I didn't want to be the guy who only wrote dark songs, who only wrote gloom."
Sexsmith, who appears Sunday on "Mountain Stage," says he frequently draws from the emotions of his own life. He writes lots of different kinds of songs and thinks of himself as pretty well rounded person. It's just that he has little control over what strikes a chord with other people.
For instance, his 2004 album, "Retriever," was written at the start of a new romance.
"All those songs were pretty happy in general," Sexsmith said. "But I remember someone coming up to me in Germany and telling me he preferred the other stuff because it was darker."
He doesn't want to be limited. His musical heroes weren't.
"John Lennon wrote songs with anger and songs that were funny. He wrote beautiful love songs," Sexsmith said. "That's the kind of songwriter I've tried to be."
He doesn't get it, but he understands there's a lot he doesn't get.