Tom Paxton is one of the great songwriters of his generation. His place in folk music is secured not just by hit records and awards, but by the admiration of three generations of fellow musicians.
“I have sung Tom’s songs for four decades and will go on doing so, for they are beautiful and timeless.” (Judy Collins)
“Tom Paxton embodies the spirit of folk music in the most beautiful sense. Not just in his song crafting, his work ethic, his politics and his dedication to people’s music, but also in his kind and generous heart. (Ani DiFranco)
“Every folk singer I know has either sung a Tom Paxton song, is singing a Tom Paxton song or will soon sing a Tom Paxton song. (Holly Near)
“Thirty years ago Tom Paxton taught a generation of traditional folksingers that it was noble to write your own songs, and, like a good guitar, he just gets better with age, ” observes Guy Clark. Paxton has been an integral part of the songwriting and folk music community since his early success in the early 60’s Greenwich Village coffeehouses, The Gaslight and The Bitter End.
He has performed thousands of concerts around the world in 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 catalog of hundreds of songs (recorded by artists running the gamut from Willie Nelson to Placido Domingo,) serve to document Tom Paxton’s 50-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.