When it comes to being green, Kermit the Frog has nothing on Martin Sexton.
The singer-songwriter from Syracuse works closely with CLIF Bar GreenNotes to keep his touring operation environmentally friendly. The tour bus uses biodiesel fuels when possible. Backstage waste is recycled. Promoters are required to set up recycling bins at the venues he plays.
“It’s not as hard as it may seem, and it’s very positive and rewarding,” Sexton, 41, says of his initiatives. “I just think it shows an example. I’m in a public position; when people see other people do the right thing, it becomes contagious. That’s how I started doing it, so if I can have that kind of impact on somebody else, it could turn into something even bigger.”
Sexton is still on the road promoting his 2007 release “Seeds,” which has enjoyed considerable critical acclaim. He’s starting to feel the pull of new music, however, although he says he’s just at the earliest stages of thinking about his next album.
“I’m still working (‘Seeds’) pretty hard and heavy,” Sexton notes, “and I can’t really write when I’m on the road too much. I’ve got to be in a quiet house with not a lot going on as opposed to out in the world. I’m way too distractible.
“I do carry a dictaphone with me that I kind of squirrel the ideas away with. And then I just sit down and write and hope it’s a good song. I try to sing from the heart and be honest. That’s the only way I know, and so far it’s worked.”
Martin Sexton performs at 9 p.m. Friday (Feb. 15) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Tickets are $22 general admission, $27 reserved balcony. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.