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Sexton Goes Seriously Green On Tour

Of the Oakland Press

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The green on Massachusetts singer-songwriter Martin Sexton’s tour supporting his new album, “Seeds,” isn’t just the cash he’s collecting from his shows.

Sexton and his entourage are running a full-scale environmentally friendly tour, from the bio-diesel fuel in the tour bus to requirements that the backstage accoutrements be made of organic and recyclable materials. Newman’s Own and other manufacturers are contributing products to help the tour’s green tinge.

“I’m really psyched about the whole thing,” Sexton, 41, says. “We’re able to lessen our footprint on the road.

“I’ve always been environmentally conscious. I figured after seeing Al Gore’s film (‘An Inconvenient Truth’), that was my kick in the ass to take it a step further and utilize whatever public appeal and visibility that I might have and just be a power of example. I just want to be part of the solution.”

Sexton is grateful for the corporate help he’s getting with the tour. But he adds that he’s learning an environmentally friendly tour really isn’t much harder to mount than a conventional road trip.

“The myth is, ‘Oh, it’s not practical’ and all that,” he explains. “It is involved, but it’s not as difficult as I thought. Bio-diesel fuel is only a little more expensive than regular, and that’s ’cause it’s not in the mainstream. If more people use it, that’ll bring the price down.

“I know others have and are doing (green tours). The more of us that do it, we can show our peers as well as the audience that it’s not that difficult, and the upside is saving the planet, y’know?”

Martin Sexton and Willy Porter perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 11th) at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. Tickets are $40, $30 and $20. Call (734) 668-8463 or visit www.michtheater.org.

Web Site: www.michtheater.org

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