Tom Paxton & The DonJuans

Friday, May 12, 2017, 7:30 pm

Dream on Sweet Dreamer

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner, folk icon and fun topical songwriter Tom Paxton teams up with the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter duo The DonJuans, Don Henry & Jon Vezner. Not only that, but Paxton brings along yet another new album, "Boat in the Water".

Collectively, Paxton, Vezner and Henry songs have been covered by Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, John Denver, Faith Hill, B.J. Thomas, Blake Shelton, Peter, Paul & Mary and Bob Dylan … just to name a few. Within days of writing and playing together, they knew they were on to something. Now they’re taking it on the road! A trembling world awaits...

Tom on guitar/vocals/stories
Don on guitar/vocals/uke/banjo/grins
Jon on piano/vocals/guitar/uke/kitchensink

After 56 years of performing around the world and writing and recording innumerable songs and recordings, Tom Paxton has found yet another outlet for his creativity; he has joined his friends and song-writing colleagues Jon Vezner and Don Henry––known collectively as The Don Juans––in a writing and performing experience calculated to keep them too busy to get into trouble.  A trembling world awaits the results.

Tom's career has taken him from his days as a drama student at The Universityof Oklahoma to thousands of concerts in a variety of venues––from coffee houses in Greenwich Village to The Albert Hall in London to Carnegie Hall in New York; from festivals in Hong Kong to Denmark, from Tokyo to Oslo.

He has done over 50 concert tours of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and has recorded over 50 albums of his own songs. Recordings of his songs by other artists number in the hundreds and include artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Judy Collins, John Denver, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary, to name just a very few.

In 1990, Don (vocals/guitar/uke) and Jon (piano/vocals/guitar/uke/kitchen sink) received song of the year awards for co-writing Kathy Mattea's critically acclaimed hit, "Where've You Been." Awards from the Grammys, as well as from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association and the Nashville Songwriters Association International culminated in "Where've You Been" becoming the first song ever to be so honored by all four organizations.

"Henry comes across as a first cousin to Randy Newman, writing hot-wired songs about born-again whores, interfaith marriages, and the homeless taking over the White House. This is funny and thought provoking stuff, all of it good."     -ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"Vezner writes about the ‘details,’ the details of our hearts and feelings. His gift is in speaking to these ordinary things which connect us to one another, and in recognizing their simple beauty, he transforms them into something extraordinary."    -MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER

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