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Plucked from a bygone era, Jerron Paxton is winning rave reviews. His promo photos may paint a sepia picture of a young bluesman in dungarees plucking a banjo and sitting in a rocking chair (they may as well have chucked in a bottle of bourbon and a couple of chickens), it becomes apparent after listening to his music that I’d be better off reaching for the Knob Creek; this is raw, real and transformative southern blues, with a talent that extends beyond his rootsy voice to acoustic guitar, fiddle, harmonica, piano and banjo.

Despite growing up in LA, his familial roots are in Louisiana, and it is from this pool of Deep South influence that he draws his inspiration. He may only be 28, but he has all the gravelly wisdom of the great roots bluesman of the past; I’m talking Blind Arthur Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson or Blind Willie Johnson (you see where I’m going here?)

Joking aside, this lad has real talent, energy and an authenticity rare in the modern era.  I have no desire to visit America in the current gun-totin’ climate, but if you want a little slice of what real America is/was like, then his performance at Gosforth Civic Theatre on Thursday 23rd November will be absolutely unmissable.

 

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