Although still in his 20s, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920 & 1930’s and making them wish they could stay there for good. Blind Boy Paxton may be one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists that you have not heard of. Yet. And time is getting short, fast.
Jerron performed to a sold-out audience at the Lead Belly Tribute at Carnegie Hall on February 4, 2016 along with Buddy Guy, Eric Burdon, Edgar Winter, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and other stars. It is no exaggeration to say that Paxton made a huge impression. In the two years since his incredible performance at that star-studded show in one of the world’s great concert houses, Paxton’s own star has been rising fast. He opened for Buddy Guy at B.B. King’s in NYC; for Robert Cray at the Reading, PA Blues Festival, and performed at numerous other festivals. Jerron Paxton is a two-time participant in the Keeping The Blues Alive Cruise and is the new Artistic Director of the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival & Workshop at Centrum in Port Townsend, WA.
Paxton was featured on CNN’s Great Big Story and appeared in the multi award winning music documentary AMERICAN EPIC produced by Robert Redford, Jack White & T-Bone Burnett. In October and November 2018 Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton will be touring the U.S. with the musicians from this groundbreaking AMERICAN EPIC music documentary.
This young musician sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real. In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling.
Paxton’s sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and “Blind Boy” Lemon Jefferson. According to Will Friedwald in the Wall Street Journal, Paxton is “virtually the only music-maker of his generation—playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other instruments—to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ‘30s.”
The concert starts at 7:30 pm. It will be held at All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, Unity Hall, 19 Jay Street, New London, CT. Tickets are $20 per adult at door: $17 per adult in advance; $10 Students/Military w/current ID. Reporters and Photographers welcome. To purchase advance tickets, go to www.Eventbrite.com. To make advance reservations, call 860-443- 0316.
Finishing up the 2017-2018 Friday Night Folk Concert Season on May 4:
CT Troubadours Kate Callahan & Kristen Graves.
Friday, Apr. 20 - 11:00 pmtoSaturday, Apr. 21 2:00 am