The Paxton Norris Band


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Blues Blast Magazine says:

Just when the wellspring of original blues in the Chicago style seems to be turning into mud, along come guys like this that have a handle on the genre, along with chops to spare. Paxton possesses a strong guitar attack along with a gritty voice that falls somewhere between Delbert McClinton and Kim Wilson. He brings his Michigan roots into play as life struggles and working class existence are addressed over well-played blues by the band. His fluid guitar playing draws from Alberts Collins and King, as well as Freddie King, among others. The energy of Albert Collins’ guitar delivery surges through Paxton’s hands right from the git-go as he lunges head-first as life’s realities are addressed in the title track. The subject is covered again on the following track “Living Tight” as well as “My Credit Didn’t Go Through”. It’s a running theme with his guitar taking the role of cutting through the bulls**t. >>>>>> Read More >>>>>>>>

Vintage Guitar Magazine says:

Norris is an unabashed acolyte of Duane Allman. “Your My Girl” (sic) is a soul ballad that has the late guitarist’s stamp all over it. “It’s Alright,” an uptempo boogie, and “Hard Luck Case,” a slice of swamp jazz/rock thickened by Mike Lynch’s B-3, would both have fit on Eat A Peach. But Norris is no copycat. His enthusiasm and obvious affection for what he’s doing pop right out of a group jam like “What You Talkin’ ’Bout Willis,” and that’s what keeps his stuff fresh. His sense of fun, like his joy in playing and singing, comes across strong in the original “That Woman’s Trouble,” with over-modulated vocals and no-frills Freddie King guitar part that make it sound like a forgotten classic. >>>>>> Read More >>>>>>

DonandSheryl Blues Blog says :

...... Paxton Norris cut his teeth in the blues clubs in Michigan in the Nineties, playing 250 nights a year to a predominantly blue-collar GM crowd. He is a dazzling guitarist with a soulful vocal delivery who cites not only bluesmen such as the three Kings and SRV as influences, but rockers like Seger as well. You can hear a lot of his heroes in his guitar-driven debut, “Something’s Gotta Give,” which is thirteen cuts of solid blues and blues-rock for the working man. The majority of the cuts were penned by Paxton and Josh Ford, and deal with issues that everyone can relate to, such as good love gone bad, plain hard luck, and the sorry state of the economy. Through it all, Paxton’s guitar leads the charge. The funk hits the fan on the leadoff title cut, where we find Paxton “workin’ eighty hours a week and still can’t afford to eat!” This one has a stinging, Albert Collins feel to it, and the fellows all lay down a sweet groove behind it. >>>>>>> Read More>>>>>>>.

Blues Gr Interview with Paxton Norris:

Debut album "Something's Gotta Give" features some heavy hitting blues Detroit style. Co written and produced by Motor City Josh. Powerful vocals with an Albert King meets Wes Montgomery guitar style Paxton proves he has a lot to give to the Blues. >>>>> Read More>>>>>