(Blind Boy Paxton at the Jalopy Theater, Roots n Ruckus show, Sept. ’08. Photo by Eli Smith)
On today’s show I speak with blues musician Blind Boy Paxton. Paxton is a 19 year old musician and singer who plays the guitar, banjo and piano and is a walking encyclopedia of early blues and jazz. He hails from the Watts section of Los Angeles, but we are lucky enough to have him here on the East Coast during the school year. I visited him where he goes to college a couple of hours north of New York City and we recorded this interview. Paxton is very influenced by the music and culture carried in his family, and grandmother in particular, who are from Louisiana. Blind Boy plays plays live on the air, spins some of his favorite records and recounts some interesting stories!
See below for links, etc.
Brad Kay & the UnUrban Trio – Los Angeles band influential to Blind Boy Paxton which he also plays in.
Eddie Peabody – Blind Boy Paxton showed me this video, which is awesome. Somehow hadn’t heard of this guy before.