Fri 5/19 @ 8PM
Tom Paxton, one of the deans of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk revival, landed in New York already well-traveled and seasoned with exposure to Woody Guthrie and the Weavers gained while going to school at the University of Oklahoma.
He never had a big breakout moment himself, but boy, did he crank out the classic tunes! He wrote tunes like “Ramblin’ Boy,” Bottle Of Wine” and “The Last Thing on My Mind” while have been covered by people like his early heroes the Weavers, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, the Kingston Trio, Peter Paul and Mary, Sandy Denny, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson — and the list just goes on and on.
In the 1990s he made a foray into children’s music before returning to the topical folk of his youth in the new century. Just recently he released Boat in the Water, his 63rd album, following up 2015’s Redemption Road — an encouraging development to fans who might have been concerned about the previous seven-year gap between albums.
He’s currently on the road with the country singer/songwriter duo of Don Henry and John Vezner, who call themselves the Don Juans. They’ve written songs covered by a host of performers including Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Conway Twitty, Faith Hill, Martina McBride and Diamond Rio.
They’ll be at the Kent Stage to perform a fraction of their collective catalog; to do more than scratch the surface would require a yearlong residency. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.