Blind Boy Paxton with Brandon Bailey

Blind Boy PaxtonCU Folk and Roots is proud to announce the return of Blind Boy Paxton, who wow’ed audiences at our 2011 festival. Amazingly, he’s not just the real deal, he may be the most sensational newcomer in the blues in many years. In a good decade maybe a rare brilliant voice will emerge to ignite the acoustic blues world, a massive new talent to take helm the future of the traditional blues. John Hammond Jr.,Taj Mahal, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Corey Harris and Keb’ Mo’ come to mind as milestone movers and shakers in their respective decades. A fabulous new country blues talent as impressive as Jerron Paxton is not just rare, his extraordinary talent is almost surreal. Blind Boy Paxton’s appearance is being co-sponsored by Prairie Crossroads Blues Society.

Brandon BaileyWhat’s more, Blind Boy is bringing along his friend Brandon Bailey, a rising Memphis artist. While firmly rooted in traditional blues, Bailey also pushes the envelope by using a percussive vocal technique and a loop pedal to create multilayered harmonica arrangements. As Bailey develops his innovative harmonica technique, the multi-talented young musician is also completing a pre-med program in pediatric neurology at the University of Memphis. According to NPR, Brandon has his own name for his unique playing style: harp-boxing. “I sort of consider it a modernization of the one-man band,” he explains.

Saturday, November 3rd, 7:15pm-8:15pm
Rose Bowl
Wristband or cover

Saturday, November 3rd, 9:15pm-10:30pm
Iron Post
Wristband or cover

LIST OF THIS BLIND BOY PAXTON AND BRANDON BAILEY’S CU FOLK AND ROOTS FESTIVAL 2012 EVENT(S)