Tom Paxton & The Don Juans

Friday, March 31, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Receive $5 off this concert when you also attend the "Learn to... Songwrite" workshop on April 1st.
    • Museum Members receive a 10% ticket discount

    Event Details

    GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award winner and folk icon, Tom Paxton, teams up with the GRAMMY winning singer/songwriter duo The Don Juans - Don Henry & Jon Vezner.

    Collectively, their songs have been covered by Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, John Denver, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Peter, Paul & Mary and Bob Dylan... just to name a few!

    With Tom on his signature model Dreadnought, vocals and stories; Don on guitar, vocals, uke, banjo and grins; and Jon on piano, vocals, guitar, uke, and the kitchen sink – this performance will be a celebration of songwriting, storytelling and our special exhibition guitar – the Dreadnought!

    Guest Details

    Tom Paxton

    Tom Paxton

    He has performed thousands of concerts around the world in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Scandinavia, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, England, Scotland, Ireland and Canada. That these fans still enjoy his work is a testament to the quality of his recent work, and to the enduring power of modern standards like The Last Thing On My Mind, Ramblin’ Boy, Bottle Of Wine, Whose Garden Was This?, Goin’ To The Zoo and The Marvelous Toy. Paxton’s songbooks, critically acclaimed children’s books , award-winning children’s recordings, and a catalog of hundreds of songs, all serve to document Tom Paxton’s 40-year career.

    Tom received a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy during the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards. He was nominated for a GRAMMY for Comedians and Angels in 2007, and Live in the U.K. in 2006. He was also nominated for GRAMMYs in 2003 for his Appleseed Records CD, Looking For The Moon, and in 2002 for his children’s CD, Your Shoes, My Shoes. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from ASCAP, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC in London.

    Tom Paxton’s place in folk music is secured not just by hit records and awards, but by the admiration of three generations of fellow musicians. An internationally recognized and loved cultural figure, he has always chosen goodwill over commercial success. His generosity has taken the shape of a benefit concert performance for a little girl fighting leukemia, or a personal note of encouragement to an up-and-coming songwriter. This is the man who wrote and lives the words, “Peace will come, and let it begin with me.”

    Don Henry

    Don Henry

    GRAMMY Award winner Don Henry's songs have been recorded by legends like Ray Charles, Patti Page and Conway Twitty; by country crooners like Gene Watson, John Conlee and B.J. Thomas; and by young hit makers of today like Blake Shelton, Lonestar and Miranda Lambert. He’s shared the stage with performers as diverse as Joey Ramone to Keith Urban.

    The wit and wisdom of Don's songs are widely renowned whether it's campfire favorites, the hilarious "B.F.D." and biker lullaby "Harley", to the wonderfully poignant tribute to Martin Luther King "Beautiful Fool", and of course his GRAMMY Award winning country classic "Where've You Been".

    In addition to a GRAMMY, Kathy Mattea's version of "Where've You Been" won Don (and co-writer Jon Vezner) song of the year honors from ACM (Academy of Country Music), CMA (Country Music Association) and NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International).

    "Where've You Been" was the first song in country music history to be awarded all four honors in the same year!

    Jon Vezner

    Jon Vezner

    GRAMMY award-winning songwriter, Nashville based, Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, topped by the poignant “Where’ve You Been,” reflects his straight-to-the heart sensibility and emotional awareness. Vezner weaves the particulars of his own feelings with the lives of people he has known into universal themes that deeply touch listeners’ emotions.

    Vezner was honored with a GRAMMY for “Best Country Song” and the Nashville Songwriters Association “Song of the Year” in 1990, for “Where’ve You Been”, the true story of Vezner’s grandparents, co-written with Don Henry, and recorded by Kathy Mattea. “Where’ve You Been” was also honored as “Song of the Year” by the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM).

    Jon’s catalogue of songs reads like a songbook itself, interpreted and recorded by the greats in the business as varied as the songs themselves; artists such as Martina McBride, Janis Ian, John Mellencamp, Nancy Griffith, Faith Hill, Clay Walker, Diamond Rio and Native American recording artist, Bill Miller.


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