Blind Boy Paxton
This tall, corpulent young man looks the part of a Hollywood movie bluesman, dressed with theatrical retro-schtick that feeds nostalgia for an authentic 1930s rural minstrel. Born into a Creole family in Watts, Los Angeles, with ancestors in Louisiana, raised on 78 records and in love with pre-1934 music, he’s the real deal; a fabulous country blues newcomer, modern day songster and busker. Now New York City-based, he’s the living embodiment of true 21 st Century blues, including the Piedmont tradition, ragtime, country and swamp blues. He’s a witty, fast- rhyming, poetic singer and multi-instrumentalist who picks banjo and guitar, plays harmonica and piano and is fittingly the real-life son of Robert Johnson’s cousin.