“Beat’s So Lonely” – Charlie Sexton (1985)

Posted: March 24, 2017 in 1985
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Charlie Sexton came up through the roots music scene in Austin, TX and was taught how to play guitar at a young age by W.C. Clark, “Godfather of Austin Blues”. Before the age of 18, Sexton was an in-demand session player recording with the likes of Bob Dylan, Keith Richards and Don Henley and released his debut solo record PICTURES FOR PLEASURE (1985). The very 80’s sounding Top 20 hit “Beat’s So Lonely” from that record was featured in the classic John Hughes movie SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL.

My favorite Sexton story: When The Replacements fired original guitarist Bob Stinson, their management encouraged the band to hire a real ‘guitar-slinger’ as a new member. Surprisingly, the band was receptive to the idea. One of the most intriguing candidates was Charlie Sexton – but in typical bad decision-making fashion, the ‘Mats passed on Sexton without an audition after deciding he was “too good-looking” and not the right fit for their infamous shenanigans and drinking. Sexton continued on, most notably as a long-time member of Bob Dylan’s band.

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