Tom Paxton at Shady Grove Coffeehouse

Saturday, Jan. 8

While the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early '60s is typically associated with the early work of Bob Dylan, those knowledgeable enough to not generalize the revival movement could speak volumes about the work of singer and songwriter Tom Paxton. Responsible for countless songs of protest and advocacy for political and social change, always implemented with a humor and wit, Paxton's legacy has been sustained not by sales (none of his many albums ever reached the Top 100, and he never scored a chart single) but by the admiration and respect of artists influenced by him. With songs such as “The Last Thing on My Mind,” “Bottle of Wine,” “The Marvelous Toy,” “Ramblin' Boy” and “I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound,” a testament to his skill as a songwriter, he received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2009. Just as critical and satirical, Paxton is scheduled to perform at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m. $22-$25.


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