Paxton Pennington – Norman Music Festival

Paxton Pennington photo by Tricia Miller

Paxton Pennington answers ten questions in this Norman Music Festival performer question and answer session to get to know them before the festival. Paxton Pennington will perform at the Fowler Automotive Main Stage on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 1:00 pm.

1. To get people to know you, how would you describe yourself and your music?

I am a 22-year-old singer/songwriter born and raised in Norman. I have been practicing music since before I was 10-years-old but never regularly performed live until just over two years ago. I have spent the past two or three years building up a band and performing around the regional area. I would describe my music as an off shoot of Tom Petty with a bit of a modern John Mayer influence. As for myself, I am a guitar player who was forced to sing in order to actually perform.

2. What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?

When initially discovering the music available online, I would like a listener to hear my tracks ‘Where I’m Going’ or ‘Try Me On.’ Where I’m Going is a fast paced, electric guitar heavy tune that shows my classic rock n roll influence. Try Me On is a mellow, singer/songwriter track that shows more of the pop influence in my music.

3. What’s your song writing process?

I typically begin to come up with a new song by finding a melody or riff that I think could sound interesting and then plug that into a loop pedal and see what can build off of the idea.

4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?

Norman Music Festival is an absolutely wonderful asset for the local community and the state of Oklahoma as a whole. The free festival experience has continued to grow each year and brings in phenomenal national and local talent for the festival-goers to enjoy. I have been fortunate to be involved with NMF for three years now and each year the festival has continued to evolve into something better than the previous installment.

5. In general, what inspires you?

Musically, I’m inspired by any band or performer that can go out and put on a great live show. I’ve always had an admiration for bands that put on amazing performances and stray away from too many gimmicks to distract listeners from the music.

6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?

I would travel somewhere in Asia. Tokyo or Bangkok have always appealed to me and I think this would probably be the greatest culture shock I could experience.

7. Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?

I have just a few weeks left in Norman before I finish up school at OU. I plan to enjoy this remaining time and catch all of the music I can after we play NMF.

8. What else you want the public to know about you?

The band and I play Saturday, April 27th at 1:00PM for Norman Music Festival. I’d be thrilled for anyone and everyone to come give our music a listen for yourself. The show is free after all!

9. What do you think should be the Twelfth Wonder of the World?

Dare I say Norman, OK?

10. What was the most extreme adventure you’ve had?

The most recent extreme adventure that I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of was a quick trip to Germany earlier this year. I found a glitch in the airline’s pricing scheme and we scored tickets for less that 1/2 of the typical going rate. Once we arrived, a group of friends and I managed to get into a classic techno club in Berlin. This same place had a notorious door policy for not allowing foreigners. Everything was going great, but then we realized I had been pickpocketed on the way inside.


The twelfth Norman Music Festival is on April 25, 26, and 27, 219. Read more interviews from performers in the festival, present and past, here. To learn more about the festival, check out our NMF page.

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I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at DennisSpielman.com

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