Tom Paxton & the DonJuans
When asked to speak about Paxton, Pete Seeger compared him to Woody Guthrie for his ability to capture the contemporary American spirit over the course of a song. Through his lyrics, Tom Paxton tackles issues of injustice and humanity, absurdities of contemporary culture, and stories from his own life, which are sometimes somber, sometimes hilarious, and often both at once. Over the course of his more-than-fifty-year-long career, Paxton has played with the likes of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Dave Van Ronk, received a Grammy lifetime achievement award, and inspired several generations worth of singer-songwriters along the way. Singer-songwriter Holly Near once said, “every folk singer I know has either sung a Tom Paxton song, is singing a Tom Paxton song, or will soon sing a tom Paxton song. Now either all the folk singers are wrong, or Tom Paxton is one hell of a songwriter.” Even today, as folk evolves in new directions, cultures shift, and musicians age, that statement continues to ring true, as Paxton repeatedly wins over new generations of singer-songwriters.
As if Paxton’s songwriting prowess wasn’t enough, for this show he’ll be accompanied by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter duo The DonJuans (Don Henry and Jon Vezner). They’re no stranger to sharing the spotlight with other big-name musicians either: between writing songs and recording music, they’ve worked with artists such as David Crosby, Joey Ramone, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, and Ray Charles.