Blues music legend Willie Dixon liked to say, “Blues is the roots, the rest is the fruits,” to explain the influence of that genre on other forms of music. But as music progresses, the roots of blues music itself are sometimes heard less often, lost in the cacophony of over-amplified electric guitarists with pedal boards the size of dinner tables. Fortunately, two young blues men, neither of them more than 33 years old, are preserving and promoting those roots.

Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton and Jontavious Willis have paired together for a brief tour that found its way to the Auburn Public Theater on Sunday, November 17, playing to an intimate, attentive audience of perhaps 60 people.

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