JERRON "BLIND BOY" PAXTON
Although only in his 20s, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920's and making them wish they could stay there for good. Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real. This young musician sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling.
He's a world class talent and a uniquely colorful character who has been on the cover of Living Blues Magazine and the Village Voice, and has been interviewed on FOX News. Paxton's sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and "Blind" 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 implements—to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ‘30s.
Paxton has performed all over the world including two appearances at the Newport Folk Festival. Earlier in the year Paxton performed to a sold out audience for the Lead Belly Tribute at Carnegie Hall along with the likes of Buddy Guy, Eric Burdon, Dom Flemons, Tom Paley, and other stars. His other New York City appearances included Jazz at Lincoln Center opposite Kurt Elling, NYC Winter Jazzfest, Brooklyn Folk Festival, New York Hot Jazz Festival, Joe's Pub, Cafe Carlyle, Terra Blues and many more. He has been nominated for an inaugural 2016 International Folk Music Award in the category of Artist of the Year and has was been featured in Decemer 2015 Vanity Fair story and photo spread about the most gifted jazz musicians making jazz hot again. Later in the year Paxton will appear in American Epic, three-part historical documentary, and The American Epic Sessions, a feature-length recording studio film, that will air in the fall on PBS and BBC Arena. Since 2014 Paxton has been serving as an artistic director of the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival.