When: Fri., May 1 2015
Veteran singer-songwriter Tom Paxton emerged out of the same Greenwich Village scene that spawned Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk and Joan Baez. For his new album, Redemption Road, he collaborated with a number of other musicians. The list includes Al Perkins on dobro, Tim Crouch on fiddle and mandolin, frequent collaborator Geoff Bartley on National steel guitar, Kirk “Jellyroll” Johnson on harmonica and executive producer Cathy Fink on banjo and harmonies. Singer-songwriter Janis Ian contributes harmony to the title tune and singer-songwriter John Prine sings a line on “Skeeters’ll Gitcha.” It's a terrific album. On what he says is final tour, Paxton headlines Oberlin's Folk Fest, which takes place today and tomorrow in Oberlin. He plays tomorrow night at Finney Chapel. Kimya Dawson, Jeremy Kittel Band, Front Country, Rushad Eggleston and 10 String Symphony are also slated to perform. Admission is free. Check the website for more details. (Niesel) oberlinspringfolkfest.tumblr.com.