Syracuse-born singer-songwriter Martin Sexton will play as close to home as his current tour gets on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Auburn Public Theater.
Sexton, 48, plays a distinct mix of soul, rock and folk, finger-picking his guitar and sometimes blending techniques like beat-boxing and scatting into his vocals.
Beginning with 1992's "In the Journey" Sexton has released 10 albums; his seventh, 2007's "Seeds," debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. That same year, his song "Diner" was featured on the NBC comedy "Scrubs." He's also collaborated with John Mayer and Peter Frampton, among other major artists.
Sexton grew up in a family of 12 children in Syracuse in the '80s before moving to Boston, where he sang on the streets of Harvard Square in Cambridge.
Auburn Public Theater board member Dave Tobin, a family friend of Sexton's, helped arrange the Auburn stop on his tour, Executive Director Carey Eidel said.
"A lot of his family will be coming to this show," Eidel said. "So this worked out for him."