"We had such a great time at dinner, listening to Tom Paxton! We had a large party with guests of all ages - from adults down to very young children, and he kept everyone entertained.  From singing Disney songs at request for the younger bunch (even including Frozen), to having a few of the adults join him in a rousing rendition of Rawhide, Tom showed an enormous range - and we all loved it!"         

Darria Gillespie    Dallas, Texas


 Hello and welcome to my website.    

I am a musician based in Aspen, performing as a singer/guitarist and freelance bass player in the Roaring Fork and Vail valleys since 1977.  

 During the summer season you will find me most evenings up at the Burlingame Cabin on Snowmass Mountain.  These sunset dinners are put on by Blazing Adventures.  They take participants up the mountain in jeeps for a great view from the top, and then down to the cabin for a great dinner and entertainment around the campfire by yours truly.  Call 970-923-4544 to book your sunset dinner. Some evenings I will be at other venues, so check to make sure I will be up there on the night of your dinner if that's important, but any of the musicians that I might have subbing for me on a given night are also great.

I will be appearing at the Basalt Farmers Market on June 28 and July 19, 10 am to 1pm.

 I will be playing every Sunday afternoon at the Aspen Highlands Ritz-Carlton through the summer season, and I appear occasionally up at the Elk Camp restaurant for their Farm to Table event and also at the East Maroon Portal for Maroon Bells Outfitter's horseback campfire dinners.  To book your horseback dinner, call 970-920-4677. 

 On many weekend evenings I perform for family get-togethers, wedding rehearsal dinners or other special events. 

During the winter season I perform as a solo singer/guitarist every Wednesday evening at the Lynn Britt Cabin on Snowmass Mountain for family oriented Chuckwagon dinners as well as public and private dinners on other nights. Guests are taken up to the cabin in snow cats and treated to a great dinner and entertainment by yours truly.To reserve, call 970-923-2715.

As an acoustic and electric bass player, I join other musicians to play in bluegrass, jazz or dance bands for parties in Aspen or Vail. When doing a bluegrass gig, I will often step out and call a square dance or two, or three.

Go to the video page to look through the videos of me performing in different musical settings to see if I might be a good fit for your upcoming event.  

You will also find a page that shows my singer/guitarist song list, as well as the store page with links to purchase my kids CD "Smore Songs" and the CD that my wife and I produced back in '84 of Aspen singers of all ages performing X-mas music entitled "Merry Christmas Aspen." John Denver is featured on several of the tracks.

Many of my afternoons are spent teaching music, and I am the musical director for the Aspen Country Day School's spring musicals each year.  For more info visit https://paxtonstudios.musicteachershelper.com


I am often confused for the famous folksinger by the same name, and though I am not "the" Tom Paxton, I had the pleasure of backing him up on guitar at the Wheeler Opera House in October 2014.  Here is a picture of us backstage with me wearing his signature Greek fisherman's cap.

Here we are on the top of Aspen Mountain, July 2017.