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Charlie Sexton is a performer and a force in Austin’s music scene

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Charlie Sexton records a guitar part for a record he’s producing at Arlyn Studios earlier this month. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

In Austin, Charlie Sexton is the man who needs no introduction. Seemingly destined for stardom since his early teenage years, the 49-year-old musician cut his own path instead. Raised in blues clubs and launched into the pop-idol spotlight before he could vote, Sexton ultimately has built a life not as a marquee performer, but as a masterful force just beyond the focus of center stage.

Touring guitarist, record producer, session player, musical director, movie actor: Sexton does it all, applying one bedrock principle to everything he does. “The number one thing you have to do, out of anything you do in your career or in life,” he says, “is just be as pure of heart as you humanly can be, and be sincere.”

Read more about what makes Sexton Austin’s MVP of music in a story on our premium website, Mystatesman.com.