JONTAVIOUS WILLIS: Every Generation or so a young bluesman bursts onto the scene. Someone who sends a jolt through blues lovers. Someone who has mastered the craft for sure, but who also has the blues deep down in his heart and soul. At the age of 21, bluesman Jontavious Willis may be the one.
In his 2016 debut album, "Blue Metamorphosis," Willis ranges from Delta, Piedmont and Texas blues to gospel, garnishing positive reviews from such notable magazines as Living Blues and Blues & Rhythm. You can hear him on guitar, harmonica, banjo and cigar box, fingerpicking, flat-picking and playing slide. And these days you can see him everywhere from his front porch in Greenville, Georgia, to national stages as he opens for Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo'.
“That’s my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind. [Jontavious] is a great new voice of the twenty-first century in the acoustic blues. I just love the way he plays.” — Taj Mahal
JERRON "BLIND BOY" PAXTON: Although still in his 20's, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920's and making them wish they could stay there for good. This young musician sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion and the bones (percussion). Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real. In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling. He's a world-class talent and a uniquely colorful character that has been on the cover of Living Blues Magazine and the Village Voice, and was featured on CNN's Great Big Story and appeared in the multi award-winning documentary American Epic produced by Robert Redford, Jack White & T-Bone Burnett.
"Blind Boy Paxton carries the torch for traditional acoustic blues" - The New York Times