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Best Blues Artist

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For the best old-time and storytelling blues New York has to offer, look no further than Blind Boy Paxton. A transplant from L.A., Jerron Paxton is a visually impaired, Jewish, African American multi-instrumentalist — banjo, fiddle, and piano break up the guitar strumming — who brings out the playful side of the old-school blues. Though he channels the music of pre–World War II America, he’s a mere 25 years old. His grandparents hail from Louisiana, and Paxton’s blues education was supplemented by his grandmother’s love for Cajun music. In addition to the old, old stuff, Paxton writes original material and plays around town throughout the year, though summertime takes him to festivals far and wide. (Perhaps you were lucky enough to catch his set at Newport in July.)

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