Iconic folk musicians, Frank Fairfield and Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, fiddled their way into the hearts of many after appearing on the three-part historical series “American Epic” this fall. These men and their music embody a “cultural revolution that ultimately united a nation” said Robert Redford when discussing his documentary on American Folk music. Now, Fairfield and Paxton are strumming their way to Stillwater together to perform a special concert at 8pm February 12, 2016 in the Seretean Concert Hall.
Born in Fresno, California Frank Fairfield is a humble performer with a quaint look and a strong bellowing voice. His musical style caters to the fans of Old Time, Down Home Parlor music, and he dresses in simple 1930’s attire to play the part. He collected his passion from a large amount of 78 records he acquired when he was young. His songs are comprised of instrumentals played with the fiddle, guitar, and banjo and sung with his very own uniquely soulful voice. Audiences say Fairfield has a sly way of making old-time Appalachian tunes sound contemporary which makes his performances engaging for all ages.
Jerron Paxton, also known as Blind Boy Paxton, is a continuation of proud American roots tradition both literally and figuratively. He is witty, fast-rhyming, poetic, funny, and a true songster performing everything from ragtime, hokum, old-time, French reels, blues, and Appalachian mountain music. Audiences say Paxton’s performances are captivating because his passion for music flows through every part of his act, including his authentic blues attire, jargon, and style. A very capable multi-instrumentalist, Blind Boy picks banjo and guitar, plays the harmonica and piano, and is a master on the fiddle, which was his very first instrument.
The two young bards are the best this genre has seen in years. Both come to the stage with a very unique style, but together their partnership blossoms beautifully as they share their souls through music played in harmony.
Tickets for Blind Boy Paxton and Frank Fairfield are $22 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.okstate.edu or by phone at 405-744-7509. Tickets will be available at the OSU Seretean Center Concert Hall the evening of the performance beginning at 6:30. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information call the Allied Arts office at 405-744-7509.
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