Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith’s career arc has an inverse relationship to his growth as a tunesmith. He’s released 10 discs since 1991, each one better than the last. Doing the math, that makes his latest, the new Exit Strategy of the Soul, also his greatest. But whereas earlier efforts were met with copious column inches and high-fives from fanboys like Elvis Costello and Elton John, Sexsmith has lately seemed like a man out of time, a luminary on the edge of fading away. If the bad news is that he’s not famous enough to fill concert halls, the good is that fans can catch him at Jammin’ Java, an appropriately intimate venue for melancholy character sketches that conjure Nick Drake scoring a Chekhov short story.

SEXSMITH PERFORMS WITH MEAGHAN SMITH AT 10 P.M. AT JAMMIN’ JAVA, 227 MAPLE AVE. E, VIENNA. $18. (703) 255-1566.