This past week, singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith announced details about his new album The Last Rider and its instrumental Kingston connection.
The three-time Juno award winner co-produced the new album with his drummer and collaborator Don Kerr at The Bathouse Studios in Bath, Ontario just outside Kingston.
Scheduled for an April 21 release, this will be Sexsmith’s thirteenth studio recording and the first to include his touring band.
“At this point, it’s just second nature for me to write short, melodic songs that say everything I want to say,” said Ron, in a release. “But having my band totally involved on this album maybe brought out more in the songs than on other recent albums. It felt special, anyway.”
The Bathouse Studios is a private recording studio, owned and operated by the The Tragically Hip, that describes itself as being “designed for and by musicians”.
The main house was built in 1842 and first served as a coach house for traffic on the road between Kingston and Toronto. Now the restored and renovated studio is one of the last residential recording facilities in Canada.
Performers who recorded at The Bathouse include The Hip, Sam Roberts, Bruce Cockburn, Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir, Blue Rodeo, PS I Love You, and Sarah Harmer.
Watch CBC Radio’s Grant Lawrence with The Hip’s Rob Baker talk about The Bathouse:
Ron Sexsmith also announced tour dates for his new album, with each concert ticket purchased including a digital copy of The Last Rider.
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According Fans who buy concert tickets or pre-order The Last Rider from iTunes or on CD/LP from his website’s official store before its April 21 release date will also receive five new songs, including the single “Radio” (except for shows in Ottawa and Powell River, BC).
The Last Rider tour dates and locations
April 21 – Meaford ON, Meaford Hall
April 22 – Morrisburg ON, St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage
April 23 – Barrie ON, Mady Centre
April 24 – Belleville ON, Empire Theatre
April 26 – London ON, London Music Hall
April 28 – Toronto ON, Danforth Music Hall
April 29 – * Ottawa ON, NAC
May 6 – Winnipeg MB, West End Cultural Centre
May 7 – Regina SK, The Exchange
May 8 – Saskatoon SK, Broadway Theatre
May 9 – Edmonton AB, Royal Alberta Museum Theatre
May 10 – Calgary AB, Bella Concert Hall
May 12 – Nelson BC, Spiritbar At The Hume Hotel
May 13 – Lake Country BC, Memorial Hall
May 15 – Vancouver BC, Rio Theatre
May 17 – Victoria BC, Alix Goolden Hall
May 18 – * Powell River BC, Max Cameron Theatre
*these shows do not include digital download of The Last Rider with ticket purchase.
The Last Rider track list
It Won’t Last For Long
Who Are We Right Now
Dead End Dreams
Only Trouble Is
Every Last One
Dreams Are Bigger
Man At The Gate (1913)