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It wasn't so much that I would ask them how to play. A lot of the stuff I knew from old records.... What they usually talked to me about was how to conduct myself as a person. They tried to keep me away from all the things they went through. They tried to keep my nose clean, and they succeeded pretty good - Jerry Ricks, on time spent with the Old Ones, interview in Blues Review No. 46, April 1999

Author Topic: Bind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues  (Read 618 times)

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Offline Mr.OMuck

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Bind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues
« on: November 10, 2013, 09:20:40 PM »
Just arrived home from seeing two sets by Jerron at this upstairs Bleecker Street venue here in New York City.
The twenty four year old Paxton is really a full fledged phenomenon at this point. Forget that he plays all the guitar stuff that all of us want to play as effortlessly as falling off a log and with great musicality, he's also become a whompin' good Banjo player and a seemingly excellent fiddle player. But wait! There's more! His Harmonica playing on what I think was a rendition of Gary Davis' "Coon Hunt" with a side order of "Dixie" thrown in for good measure was also surpassingly good. Had there been a piano there we would no doubt have been done in by the sheer accumulated musical avalanche.
At this point Jerron is really the complete Folk Musician. I can't compare him to anyone really other than Mike Seeger, but where Seeger was perfect and somewhat dour in his mission of preservation and revelation, its all grist for the musical mill for Paxton, fun and a very high degree of that hard to define thing, musicality.
What did he play?
in no particular order
Rope strechin Blues which morphed out of an instrumental "Hesitation Blues"
A Lonnie Johnson tune whose name I never knew
Kansas City (the original version, Louis Jordan?)
a John Hurt, Gary Davis Candyman composite
Maple leaf Rag (NOT the RGD version)
The Bowery(Banjo)
A Clifford Gibson classic (tired of being mistreated, perhaps?)
Little Birdie ( Banjo)
a fiddle tune whose name I don't know but is the same one that appears in Aaron Copeland's "Rodeo"
and various early pop-jazz songs.


This sunday gig seems to be a regular thing at this point so if you haven't seen him lately it might be worth the trip.
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Re: Bind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2013, 03:46:56 AM »
The fiddle tune would be Bonaparte's Retreat, I guess.

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Re: Bind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2013, 07:13:58 AM »
Sounds great.   Am looking forward to him putting out a cd.

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Re: Bind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2013, 02:50:55 PM »
He has some live recorded CD's for sale at gigs and also a 45 which I bought but found I don't have a spindle adaptor for. I remember when there was ALWAYS one of those under foot.

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Re: Bind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2013, 05:17:26 PM »

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Re: Bind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2013, 06:55:11 PM »
Ah thanks Mark. Well Quoth Jerron "I'm here most Sundays" but I guess not. A friend who saw Larry Johnson play there a few weeks ago found his playing somewhat simplified but his singing extremely moving.
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Re: Bind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2013, 07:01:19 PM »
Hi Phil, I hadn't checked out the schedule in detail, just figured any venue in NYC putting on good acts deserves a link. If we're within a 100 miles of Terra Blues on the 30th (somewhat likely) we will be there to catch Jessie Carolina and The Hot Mess. I know they and Jerron are friends.

Off topic, but have you been to the Magritte exhibition at MoMA? Very worth the trip IMO, allow yourself a couple of hours to see a lot of crazy earlier stuff you may not have seen before, I certainly had not.

Yes we were up there recently on a whirlwind tour, I wanted to give you a call but we had so little time and a lot to do up state. Maybe next time.
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Re: Bind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2013, 07:38:17 PM »
The Magritte show is definitely on my todo list. Thanks Mark.

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977)

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