Ron Sexsmith

EP 250 | Ron Sexsmith


“The Vivian Line is unlikely to land on anyone’s hip/hot list. Rather Sexsmith, now pushing 60, is content to churn out radiant, sublime, transcendent music that unobtrusively exists in its own delicate bubble, inviting us in to join him on his unique musical path.”  American Songwriter

“Ron Sexsmith’s albums have always had a generally laid-back vibe, but in recent years this has become ever more wistful and soothing, a listening experience rather like snuggling up in a favourite blanket and letting your troubles wash away. Sign me up.”  Folk Radio UK


Those already deeply appreciative of Ron’s songwriting chops include a stellar list of vocalists to have recorded Sexsmith compositions. That group includes such international stars as Rod StewartEmmylou HarrisNick Lowe, plus Canadian favourites Michael BubléFeist and kd lang.  Ron’s  work has also elicited effusive praise from the likes of Paul McCartneyElvis CostelloSteve Earle and Chris Martin, to name just a few. Over the course of a recording career now spanning 36 years, Ron has been nominated for 12 Juno awards, winning three times.

Now it’s time to visit The Vivian Line. Explore, linger, enjoy.”

I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Ron Sexsmith many times over the course of his 17 albums.

I like diving into deep conversations with him as much as I truly love his songs and melodies.

I also admire what he stands for.  No co-writes, no writing by committee,  no bending and shaping to suit the music fans who still don’t know who he is.

However, when he plays live, you know the room is filled with people who “get it” and it really does feel like a community.

So what is it he “does’?

Ron Sexsmith writes songs that you find yourself humming, and sings in an ever-developing soft voice that still resonates with character. His lyrics are thoughtful, kind and etched with very dry humour.

I loved this conversation with Ron. I hope you do as well.

His 17th album is now out – it’s called The Vivian Line.

Named after a rural road connection between his old home in Toronto to his new country home in Stratford.

FYI – There’s a reference to Richard Manual from The Band. He was born in the area and there’s a bench in his memory in the countryside that Ron will visit when he’s on his creative walks.

Discover Ron Sexsmith. Your heart will thank you many times over.


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Mulligan Stew April 8th 2023- Special Guest Ron Sexsmith


This week’s Easter Bunny is dressed up as Ron Sexsmith. His 17th studio album
is called The Vivian Line.

As always Ron is very transparent in his writing and life in general.
I think he still marvels at the life he’s lead and the career he’s hand-built.
The Vivian Line is a rural road that winds its way out of Toronto and slowly leads to his new home in Stratford. The change in his lifestyle is reflected in these songs.

What I had in mind is Ron in grade school having second thoughts about fitting it.
The oldest song is the best I think. Diamond Wave. It just took years for all the pieces to fit.
Ron says when he first started to sing When our love was new on stage he ended up crying his way through.
He channels Leonard Cohen on the final track Ever Wonder.
Lots of stories and dry humour from a country gentleman Ron Sexsmith.
Complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast and
Video Ron on tdm youtube channel.

Next week AC Newman from The New Pornographers


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Set Sail part one N Mississippi All Stars (Lamar Williams) Set Sail
Made up mind Bonnie Raitt Just like that
Let it slide Matt Anderson The big bottle of Joy
The Stew with TDMuligan Special Guest – Ron Sexsmith NEXT – Mavericks and Los Lobos
Ven Hacia Mi (Come unto me) The Mavericks In Time (10th anniversary Deluxe)
Maricela (live) Los Lobos Live at the Fillmore
Tumbling Dice (Live) The Rolling Stones Live at The Elmocambo
Deane House River Cafe Happy Easter
Springtime Donald Fagan Kamakiriad
April come she will Simon and Garfunkel Sounds of Silence
Here comes The Sun The Beatles Abbey Road
You can never hold back Spring Tom Waits Orphans
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Higher and Higher (live) Bruce Springsteen Songs under Cover – The Live Series
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Take me to the River Talking Heads Popular Favourites 76-92
Live Forever Willie Nelson & Lucinda Williams Live Forever (songs of Bill Joe Shaver)
Wade in the Water Eva Cassidy Songbird
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Spring of the following year Ron Sexsmith Heritage
Spring can really hang you up the most Rickie Lee Jones Pop Pop
Coyotes Banff Cocktail Festival Happy Easter
Chasing every sunrise Begonia Powder Blue
Golden Matt Anderson The big bottle of joy
Ron Sexsmith Interview with TDMulligan The Vivian Line
Place called love Ron Sexsmith The Vivian Line
Ron Sexsmith Interview complete talk on Mulligan Stew Podcast and tdm YouTube channel
Diamond Wave Ron Sexsmith The Vivian Line
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Ever Wonder Ron Sexsmith The Vivian Line
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What I had in Mind Ron Sexsmith The Vivian Line
Thank you for listening Happy Easter Welcome Spring
A Father’s First Spring The Avett Brothers The Carpenter

EP 105 | Ron Sexsmith


Our Podcast guest is one of the best songwriters that Canada has ever given The World.

Wait a minute. Better than Cohen. Joni. Neil. Lightfoot etc?

They are all peers. The originals who paved the way.

RON SEXSMITH has just released his new album Hermitage.

Ron triggers emotions and memories.

I love talking to Ron.  We have the same sense of humor and history.

And we both love our coffee in the morning,  wine at night and the music of Richard Manuel, Kinks, Zevon, The Who et al.

Enjoy the conversation and the Zoom video that comes with it.

Mulligan Stew October 3rd 2015-Ron Sexsmith Interview


Terry has an in depth interview with Ron Sexsmith, catching up on what he has been doing in the studio. Highly respected singer and songwriter, Ron Sexsmith spins tale, pokes fun at himself and takes us back to when he was a busker on the streets of Victoria BC
Colin linden, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and much more…
Twitter Tell Ron you heard him on #MulliganStew ! 



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Crossroads John Mayer Battle Studies
Don’t look back Royal Southern Brotherhood Don’t look back Coming UP – Colin Linden. Etta James and Guest Ron Sexsmith
Little bit of red (acoustic) Serena Ryder Purely Acoustic
The Hurt Colin Linden Rich in Love
Something got a hold on me Etta James Best of Chess
this is mulligan stew @ckuaradio NEXT – Ron Sexsmith Interview
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St Bernard Ron Sexsmith Carousel One
Get away car Ron Sexsmith Carousel One
Ron Sexsmith Interview
Can’t get my act together Ron Sexsmith Carousel One
Ron Sexsmith Interview
is anybodfy going to San Antone Ron Sexsmith Carousel One
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Boneyard Jon Cleary GoGo Juice
Nighttime talks to me Leroy Stagger Radiant Land
Give your woman what she wants Taj Mahal Giant Steps
Higher and Higher Galactic (JJ Grey) Into the deep
No more cheap wine Colin Linden Rich in Love Coming UP – Smokey. Ridley Bent.Colin james. Blue Rodeo live
Ohh baby Smokey Robinson and the Miracles Hitsville
Pledging my Love Delbert McClinton Best of Chess
this is mulligan stew @ckuaradio Host TD Mulligan
Apache Hairlifter Ridley Bent Buckles and Boots
Easy Money Bruce Springsteen Wrecking ball
Rainy Day Dream Away Colin James Traveller
Mulligan Stew
5 days in May (live) Blue Rodeo Live at Massey Hall

Mulligan Stew April 11th 2015- Rodney Decroo |Whitehorse |Ron Sexsmith interviews



Ron Sexsmith 

Ron Sexsmith’s  latest album, Carousel One, is being released .  Critics agree that the multi-Juno award winning singer- songwriter has delivered one of the most uplifting records of his storied career.
Send him a tweet @RonSexsmith
Carousel One features 14 new Sexsmith compositions including the first single, “Saint Bernard,” a tribute to an anonymous family dog from a photograph picked up in a second-hand shop by his wife Colleen.  The CD and digital versions of the album include two bonus tracks.
imagesRon made a commitment to a gig in Grande Prairie a while back..then things really took off…he’ll be touring the world for the rest of the year BUT..he promised he’d do it and here he comes.
Buy on iTunes
Saturday April 25th  Collins Recital Hall, GPRC  Grande Prairie, Alberta

Rodney Decroo

 Rodney has a brand new release called Campfire on the Moon.  Songs of relationships, crazy people and a tale of a friend who was lost to Cancer called No Savior Big Enough.
DeCroo is wrestling with regret, loss, aging, love, memory, death, art—always with his own ongoing recovery embedded in the background.
With former Convictions band mate and stage collaborator Mark Haney on double bass, and long time friend Ida Nilsen contributing piano and vocals.
If you remember he recorded one of his LP’s War Torn Man at the Sidetrack in Edmonton.
Dates are:
Calgary  April 23  Ironwood
Edmonton  April 25 Brixx
Red Deer April 27th Fratters
end him a tweet @DeCrooRodney



New music from Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland
Leave No Bridge Unburned boasts more of everything that makes Whitehorse exciting and innovative – it’s Whitehorse amplified, increased, intensified. If The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss was Whitehorse’s urgent, romantic statement on uncertainty and impending disaster,Leave No Bridge Unburned is a reckoning, a confrontation. Leave No Bridge Unburned is all about surging ahead; there’s nothing to lose and no way to return.
Buy on iTunes
Amazing music ..not to be missed.
 EDMONTON, AB: Winspear Centre, April 15 w/ Noah Gundersen
CALGARY, AB: Jack Singer Concert Hall, April 16 w/ Noah Gundersen
BANFF, AB: Banff Centre, April 17 w/ Noah Gundersen
LETHBRIDGE, AB: University of Lethbridge Theatre, April 18 w/ Noah Gundersen

Send them a tweet @wearewhitehorse



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mighty rearranger Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation
Take it Easy (live) Jackson Browne.Jack Johnson. John Cruz Best of the Kokua Festival
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Wagon Wheel Lily Kershaw From Cover to Cover
Easy Money Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball
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Get Rhythm Little Richard Kindred Spirits. The songs of Johnny Cash
Jailhouse rock Elvis Presley Songs of Leiber-Stoller
Coming UP – Our first guest Rodney DeCroo this is Mulligan Stew Playlist
Stupid Boy in an Ugly Town Rodney DeCroo Campfires on the Moon
Rodney interview Campfires on the Moon
Campfires on the Moon Rodney DeCroo Campfires on the Moon
Water or Gasoline Blackie and the rodeo Kings True North. Roots Essentials Vol 1
High Blood Pressure Boz Scaggs A fool to care
tdm Next – little dave gogo and james brown. Separated at birth? Coming UP – Whitehorse
Lets go get Stoned David GoGo Come on Down
Gonna have a funky good time (live) James Brown The World of Soul  on Facebook and twitter Coming UP Whitehorse Interview
Hour Two on Da Stew Luke Doucett & Melissa McClelland – Whitehorse Leave no bridge unburned
The one I hurt Whitehorse Leave no bridge unburned
Luke Doucett and Melissa McClelland – WhiteHorse Guest Interview Leave no bridge unburned
Sweet Disaster Whitehorse Leave no bridge unburned
Luke Doucett and Melissa McClelland – WhiteHorse Guest Interview tour dates
Delores Whitehorse Leave no bridge unburned
Alison (live) Elvis Costello (Neil Young) Brudge School Concerts Vol 2
Having a party (live) Rod Stewart (ron wood) Unplugged and Seated
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Domino (live) Van Morrison At the Movies
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