Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton transforms traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now. His sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson. According to 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.”
In addition to singing and playing banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion), he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling.
Jerron grew up in Southern California, where his grandparents moved to after leaving Louisiana in the 1950’s. Steve Newton quoted Jerron in an interview for the website “Straight” as saying, My grandmother used to sing – just like I do – any type of music that came to hand. She sang blues and religious material and popular material and all sorts of things”. He says that his neighborhood was filled with southern transplants from Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana; and credits those neighbors for sparking his interest in older music. He started playing the fiddle when he was twelve, and the banjo when he was fourteen. Since then he added piano, harmonica, Cajun accordion, ukulele, guitar and the bones to his musical arsenal. This young musician is a world-class talent with a unique, friendly and inviting personality. In an interview, Carroll County Times staff writer Peter Panepinto asked Paxton what drew him to music. Paxton said that he just always had an “urge” to learn and play. “Some people bite their nails, some people eat boogers, and some people play music… I just happen to play music.”