Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton
Born on January 26 1989, Jerron Paxton is well versed in multiple instruments as well as a respected vocalist of the modern era.
About Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton
His style draws directly from yesteryear jazz and blues music, the kind that was popular before the Second World War. It is easy to feel his personal role models that include, but are not limited to, “Blind” Lemon Jefferson and Fats Waller. What truly sets Paxton apart though is his ability to play the piano, violin, banjo, guitar and many other instruments with absolute harmony and then somehow add lyrics to the mix that suddenly brings out the perfect balance between instruments and vocals. Anything that Blind Boy Paxton does is rhythmic and soul soothing!
Paxton originally comes from Los Angeles, Watts district with his grandparents having moved from Louisiana to California right after the Second World War. It is the southern roots of Paxton that heavily influenced his musical preference as a young child. Listening to hometown blue radio stations and older Cajun melodies, he would often join his grandmother in singing duets. His early enthusiasm with yesteryear music eventually grew into a proper understanding of early sounds. By the time he was twelve, he could play the fiddle with ease and then couple of years later he migrated to the banjo. Soon, he entered his teenage years and that was when he began to lose his eyesight. By 16, he lost all of his eyesight but by then, he had mastered the ukulele, piano, harmonica, Cajun accordion and even bones. Nevertheless, the banjo remained his favourite and serious musical instrument that he often relied on for blues and other genres.
Recently in 2007, Paxton made his way to upstate New York, where he attended College and then began playing gigs across the entire Brooklyn Area. He does not have any record label backing and continues to pelt out old-time beats and songs at clubs, pubs, festivals throughout the country. In fact, his fame has allowed him to open for several concerts too.
His talent and abilities have earned him a popular reputation with several critics comparing him to yesteryear greats such as Keb Mo, Corey Harris and Taj Mahal.
Recently in 2014, he was named as the Artistic Director for the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival and Workshop in Washington.
Reviews of Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton
“Jerron Paxton is truly the living embodiment of the true blues in the 21St Century, but he plays it all in the true songster tradition: ragtime, hokum, old-time, French reels, Appalachian mountain music and blues and more – and whatever he plays sounds great.
…Amazingly, he’s not just the real deal, he may be the most sensational newcomer in the blues in many years. In a good decade maybe a rare brilliant voice will emerge to ignite the acoustic blues world, a massive new talent to take helm the future of the traditional blues. John Hammond Jr.,Taj Mahal, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Corey Harris and Keb’ Mo’ come to mind as milestone movers and shakers in their respective decades. A fabulous new country blues talent as impressive as Jerron Paxton is not just rare, his extraordinary talent is almost surreal.”