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Exclusive: Tom Paxton’s New Track, “Redemption Road,” Reflects On His Long, Storied Folk Career

Tom Paxton, Redemption Road, Janis Ian
Photo by Michael G. Stewart

To say Tom Paxton has had a prolific career would be something of an understatement. Redemption Road, set to come out on March 10, will be Paxton’s 62nd album—at least.

Launching what he says will be his final tour (dates here), Redemption Road showcases Paxton’s dynamic personality as a performer, with songs that run the gamut from the serious and nostalgic to the lighter, more humorous tracks for which he’s known.

The album’s title track is a quiet, contemplative song that displays his talent as a folk master able to pair a compelling story with a memorable, melodic tune. “Looking back, I can’t complain…I took out what I put in” Paxton sings with a voice that has matured into one even more powerful in its evocative emotion. Janis Ian adds haunting, ethereal harmony, and as with the rest of the album, the song hints conveys contentment and calm reflection upon the past five decades of Paxton’s storied career.

Listen to “Redemption Road,” exclusively through Elmore, below…


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