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Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton
with special guest
Eli Smith

December 2, 2017

8 pm



Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, whose talent and contributions to acoustic blues have earned him comparisons to artists such as Taj Mahal, Keb’Mo’ and Corey Harris.  He plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion and the bones. He has the ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk and country into the here and now and make it real. By his own admission, he “may be one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists that you have not heard of…yet.”

 Influenced by Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson, he draws his inspiration from the blues and jazz of the pre-World War II era.  Although only in his 20s, he is  “virtually the only music-maker of his generation to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and 30s,” wrote music reviewer Will Friedwald in the November 19, 2012 edition of the Wall Street Journal.

 Originally from Los Angeles, Jerron’s musical roots lie in the Cajun and country blues songs that his grandmother sang and in the blues music he listened to on the radio. He began playing fiddle when he was 12 years old and the banjo when he was 14. Mastery of the other instruments soon followed. Jerron moved to upstate New York in 2007 to attend college. He began playing gigs soon after and has appeared at various old-time, blues and roots festivals throughout the United States. In 2015, he released the album, “Recorded Music for Your Entertainment.”  A year later, he performed to a sold out audience for the Lead Belly Tribute at Carnegie Hall along with Buddy Guy, Eric Burdon, Dom Flemons, Tom Paley, among others.  He has been on the cover of  “ Living Blues Magazine” and the Village Voice.” Photo by Jane Bruce

 Our opening act, Eli Smith,  is a banjo player, writer, researcher, promoter of folk music, and host and producer of the Down Home Radio Show. Thought to be the first broadcast of its kind to air on the internet, the show is devoted to hardcore, unreconstructed, paleo-acoustic folk music. Eli, who is based in Brooklyn, NY, produces two folk festivals a year: the Brooklyn Folk Festival in the spring and the Washington square Park Folk Festival in the fall. He is a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist and has appeared as a guest on several radio shows, including those aired on WBAI, WNYC and WKCR and WOST in New York. He served as a music consultant for the 2007 Civil War film, “Racing Daylight.” 

His band, The Down Hill Strugglers, was featured on the sound-track album of the film, “Inside Llewyn Davis.”  He has performed with Peter Stempfel and John Cohen.



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