8th Step Tom Paxton

An internationally recognized and loved cultural figure, folk singer & writer of delightful topical songs, Tom Paxton has always chosen goodwill over commercial success. He has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends and community.

Paxton has been an integral part of the songwriting and folk music community since the early '60s Greenwich Village scene. His ongoing popularity testifies to the quality of his recent work, and to the enduring power of modern standards like The Last Thing On My Mind, Ramblin' Boy, Bottle Of Wine,Whose Garden Was This?, Goin' To The Zoo and The Marvelous Toy. In recent years the folk legend was awarded Lifetime Achievement Gramm, and honored by the British Parliament.

Paxton continues to write some of our most enduring folksongs, which include distinctive love songs, longing for the road, songs that nail our cultural absurdities and dangers. His “short shelf-life songs” are a delicious collection with no preservatives…they fade with the headlines that provoke them. Over the years he’s skewered Wayne Bobbitt, Jimmy Carter’s attack rabbit and, oh, boy, we can’t wait for his newest crop.

"TOM PAXTON'S SONGS ARE SO POWERFUL AND LYRICAL, WRITTEN FROM THE HEART AND THE CONSCIENCE, AND THEY REACH THEIR MARK, OUR MOST INNER BEING. HE WRITES STIRRING SONGS OF SOCIAL PROTEST AND GENTLE SONGS OF LOVE, EACH WOVEN TOGETHER WITH HIS PERSONAL GIFT FOR LANGUAGE. HIS MELODIES HAUNT, HIS LYRICS REVERBERATE. I HAVE SUNG TOM'S SONGS FOR THREE DECADES AND WILL GO ON DOING SO IN THE NEW CENTURY, FOR THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL AND TIMELESS, AND MEANT FOR EVERY AGE." - Judy Collins

"IN A SMALL VILLAGE NEAR CALCUTTA, IN 1998, A VILLAGER WHO COULD NOT SPEAK ENGLISH SANG ME WHAT DID YOU LEARN IN SCHOOL TODAY? IN BENGALI! TOM PAXTON'S SONGS ARE REACHING AROUND THE WORLD MORE THAN HE, OR ANY OF US, COULD HAVE REALIZED.” - Pete Seeger

8th Step Tom Paxton Saturday, April 13, 2013, 7:30 pm
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