Black American Folk Music
Village Voice Article by Gili Malinsky
FOX 5 NY
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, however, got the biggest response, not only for his music, but for his wonderful stage presence and colorful commentary. Paxton is an old soul, and his delight in being part of this night was both palpable and greatly appreciated; The young artist is a true hope for the future of the blues (just remember you heard about him here first, in Elmore Magazine!).
Blind Boy' Paxton, the world's greatest kosher blues singer! Wall Street Journal April 18, 2014
They LOVED him. I was so impressed. He followed a very engaging set by a full band with whom Ben Harper sat in with. Jerron came out and was Jerron and made tons of new fans.
- Robin Young Claremont Folk Festival May 30, 2015
The most impressive newcomer at this year’s MerleFest, though, was Blind Boy Paxton, a songster in the tradition of Lead Belly, Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi John Hurt. Not as blind as his moniker suggests nor as naïve as his overalls might imply, Paxton is a savvy revivalist of blues, ballads, jigs, vaudeville numbers and much more from the years before World War II. I saw him three times over the weekend, and he never repeated a selection from his seemingly inexhaustible supply of obscure old songs.
Thanks for working with us to book Blind Boy Paxton at the 34th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival. He fit really well and made himself heard, seen and known (in the best kind of way) around the site and in performance. He was a key collaborator on sessions and his old-school preaching on the gospel stage was out of this world. Kerry Clarke Calgary Folk Festival
Many of them were hilarious novelty numbers about unfaithful lovers, cheating card players and foolish suckers, all made funnier still by his languid, tongue-in-cheek introductions. The songs themselves seemed to spool out effortlessly in his buttery tenor and he played fiddle, harmonica, banjo or acoustic guitar while tapping his feet. And when he turned serious, he could sober up the room right quick.
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By Geoffrey Himes | April 30, 2015 |
....his set was transcendental - he got a HUGE response. The workshop that he did was even better received - I have never seen people so amped up about a solo performance before. Live Oak Festival Santa Barbara, CA 6/14/14
Now, as if the musical excellence that Larry Campbell and Rev. Jones brought to the Ranch were not enough… Jerron Paxton just knocked our socks off. Jerron Paxton’s show was something I can hardly wait to see again… There is nothing like being witness to living artistic tradition. Jorma Kaukonen Oct 15 2014
Thank you sincerely for arranging our visit with Jerron last night. He is such a big spirit, and gave us 110% (including serenading the audience on piano as they took their seats, and doing a phenomenal set to a long standing ovation) though he was at the end of a long routing from North Carolina. Scott Sheldon The Sanctuary Concerts Chatham, NJ
An absolute pleasure! The audience loved, loved, loved him. He did a great job!
-Kelly Wells, St. Louis Folk and Roots Festival
“Easily the most talented young acoustic bluesman to come along in many, many years "Blind Boy Paxton carries the torch for traditional acoustic blues," New York Times critic Ben Ratliff wrote in a review of one of Paxton's performances in 2010, "If you're good enough, everything else falls into place."