Being a member and supporter of Playing for Change is like having Santa Claus sneak down your chimney several times a year rather than just once in December. But unlike the real Santa, who you know will pay a visit on Christmas Eve, P for C’s Santa just pops up, unexpected. I got up from a nap this afternoon, checked my email, and down my cyber chimney came the present of a new video, Playing for Change Project 108 featuring “Blind Boy” Paxton performing the old blues standard, Candy Man Blues. Knowing that it better to give than receive I’ll pass this gift along to you. Enjoy and let it bring you peace.
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton (born January 26, 1989) is an American multi-instrumentalist blues musician and vocalist from Los Angeles. He plays banjo, piano and violin and his musical influences are mainly rooted in the early blues from the 1920′s and 30′s. Jerron’s family, originally from Louisiana, moved to LA in the 50′s where he grew up before moving to New York city in 2007, where he currently resides. With a strong interest in blues and jazz music before World War II, Paxton’s sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson. According to Will Friedwald in 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, the blues of Bessie Smith and Lonnie Johnson.”