Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton – Live at Black Deer Festival. Review *****

JUNE 27, 2019 Traditional American blues came to Black Deer in the form of multi-instrumentalist and inuendo raconteur Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton. Paxton is a talented young man keeping the songs of his heritage alive, playing ragtime, blues, reels and zydeco songs. “My name is Jerron and I’m from South Central L.A.” he began. “I’m going to play you a song about hell. But hell is not South Central. Hell is a place called Alabama, people come from Alabama to South Central.” He then played Alabama Bound, an early blues song heavily influenced by ragtime. With two solo sets at Black Deer Paxton showed … Continue reading Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton – Live at Black Deer Festival. Review *****

Martin Harley – Live at Black Deer Festival. Review *****

JUNE 27, 2019 Martin Harley, one of the UK’s finest blues guitarists, gave a virtuoso solo set in the afternoon sunshine at the Black Deer festival in Kent with a later band set on one of the bar stages. Harley is the master of the electric bottleneck slide guitar, with scintillating technique on tracks such as Chocolate Jesus, Feets Don’t Fail Me and the blues standard Nobody’s Fault But Mine. His band set later in the evening had the crowd buzzing. Australian bassist Rex Horan and William The Conqueror drummerHarry Harding provided the backing to turn Harley from a mesmerising solo artist into the front man of a slick … Continue reading Martin Harley – Live at Black Deer Festival. Review *****

Paul Cauthen – Live in London *****

JUNE 21, 2019 Before his show Paul Cauthen wandered into the bar of the Slaughtered Lamb in London’s Clerkenwell. A guy in a Stetson called him over saying “Hey Paul, I’m Texas Joe”. He then presented Cauthen with a demin jacket emblazoned with Big Velvet, his nickname due to his size and rich voice. Cauthen and Texas Joe were soon sharing a beer and deep in conversation, probably based on their native Texas, with Joe inviting Cauthen to his smokehouse restaurant near London Bridge. Cauthen came to the attention of BOON when we reviewed his support set for Andrew Combs in May 2017. That solo gig was a taste of the … Continue reading Paul Cauthen – Live in London *****

Southern Avenue. Live in London ****

JUNE 3, 2019 Memphis came to London when Southern Avenue opened the Future Juke 21st Century Blues Festival at Dingwalls in Camden. It’s not often you see a six-piece band as support but that’s what local blues singer Lynne Jackaman brought to the party. Accompanied by bass, guitar, sax, trumpet and Wayne Proctor, the powerhouse ex-King King drummer, Jackaman went down a storm with tracks including Copycat, Sooner or Later and On My Own Stage. Southern Avenue are an emerging hi energy five-piece combo from Memphis playing a magical blend of soul, blues and R&B. Lead singer Tiernii Jackson is joined by her talented drummer sister Tikyra and bass, … Continue reading Southern Avenue. Live in London ****