Travis Members To Back Sexsmith

The rhythm section from British rock act Travis is slated to be the backing band on Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith's sixth album. Bassist Dougie Payne and drummer Neil Primrose will begin wor

The rhythm section from British rock act Travis is slated to be the backing band on Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith's sixth album. Bassist Dougie Payne and drummer Neil Primrose will begin work on the album, to be composed of songs Sexsmith refers to as the "Sugar Bush Demos," in early August in London.

Sexsmith has recently opened a number of major-venue shows for another lauded English band, Coldplay, including dates at the Hollywood Bowl and Madison Square Garden. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin provides backing vocals on the song "Gold in Them Hills," from Sexsmith's last Nettwerk album, "Cobblestone Runaway."

Sexsmith begins a run of international dates today (June 17) in Tokyo. He will return to North America Aug. 16-17 for the Summerfolk Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario.

Meanwhile, Sexsmith's manager, Michael Dixon, is involved with the launch of a new imprint, Alex the Great Recordings, that is a joint venture with A&M/Interscope. The first release from the company will be "Fluttery" by new artist Butterfly Boucher. Dixon is partnered in the company with Brad Jones and Robin Eaton, co-producers of "Fluttery." The album is executive produced by Dixon.