The Archie's Blues Barbershop is located at
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD 20737



Latest Events for AEBHF


Latest Events for "Friends of the Barbershop"


Latest Events for AEBHF


Blind Boy PaxtonJerron "Blind Boy" Paxton in
Concert at the
Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
Friday November 14, 2014 8:00pm cost is $15
4701 Queensbury Road,
Riverdale Park, MD

Reserve your seat by emailing

"Paxton seems to effortlessly embody the spirit of early music including ragtime, ’20s jazz
and Dust Bowl–era blues, delivering them through a dizzying display of virtuosity on guitar, piano, banjo, and lately, fiddle. And his delivery in dress, manner, speech, and humor of the period is so spot-on that it seems impossible that it is all contained within one so young.
He can usually be found in smart overalls and a starched white shirt buttoned to the top,
with a pocket watch and fob and either a derby hat or yarmulke topping his cherubic face. With his perpetually wry expression, Paxton is part old-school bluesman, part trickster. From looks alone, you might think he was the great-grandson of Willie Dixon or Lemon Jefferson. 
Paxton’s talents first came to light a few years ago on the Los Angeles folk circuit with his
sometime playing partner and fellow musical time-machine traveler, Frank Fairfield. Festival appearances and small gigs around the country followed, and now Paxton’s base of operations is New York City, where he’s an essential player in the old-time music scene surrounding Brooklyn’s Jalopy Theater.
When Paxton sits down to a piano, the spirit of Fats Waller, Art Tatum, and Willie “The
Lion” Smith springs forth in a cascade of notes raining from the soundboard. When he picks up the guitar, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Blake are suddenly freed from the crackling Paramount shellac grooves that have imprisoned them for over 80 years. And when Paxton takes up the five-string banjo, the corn liquor-fueled manic urgency of Uncle Dave Macon careens around the room in a dizzying frenzy of old time delight.
After having discovered the origins of American vernacular music at such an early age, Pax-ton seems hell-bent on encompassing the entirety of the tradition on multiple instruments with the slightly rough-around-the-edges impatience of youth. While his vocal approach is decidedly laid back and understated, his musicianship is marked by urgency and enthusiasm.
Paxton appears to have absorbed more of the history and essence of prewar music than
most performers three or four times his age, and there’s little doubt that we can expect exciting things in the future from this emerging young artist."

by Bill Steber  Living Blues Magazine




Holiday SantaHOLIDAY PARTY AT  ARCHIE’S BLUES BARBERSHOP – Saturday December 6th, 2014
1:00pm to 5:00pm

Mark December 6th, on your calendar for a great party at Archie's Barbershop, with food, beverages, a silent auction.
If you like, please bring food or beverages to share.

Last year's Silent Auction at our Holiday Party was a big fundraising success, so we're going to do it again...and we need YOUR help! 

Please scour your closets, bookshelves, CD racks, cabinets, and all the nooks and crannies in your home for items you no longer need or want but might find a happy new home.  Or, you can donate a service such as baking a cake, giving a music lesson, changing guitar strings, or providing a computer tutorial.  Need some ideas for what to donate?  Books, CDs, toys, pottery, jewelry, art, posters,  musical instruments, tools, camping gear...anything goes!

DROP OFF:  You can drop off donations  at the Barbershop any Saturday until December 1st, and we will post them on our website for online items. If you have items but can't make it to the shop on an upcoming Saturday please get in touch with Willie Leebel at 410-257-6999) to make some other arrangement. 

Note:  Items can be donated up to the last minute on December 6, but items received after December 6th, will not be posted on our website for online bidding.  

BIDDING: You can bid on items in advance online until 5 pm December 5th,  and at the Holiday Party on December 6. Bidding will close at 4 pm.

As you know, the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization and depends on its friends for financial support.  So donate and bid on the auction -- and please consider making an end--of-year cash or check donation too!

You can also see the items for auction by clicking this link







Latest events for our
Friends of the Barbershop


Andra Faye and Scott Ballentine
House Concert
December 14 - 5:30 cocktail reception 6:30 concert
Bring Instruments jam session
after concert
$15 donation to band
Space is limited:
to make a reservation


Writer  /  Kara Reibel

Andra Faye and Scott Ballantine met years ago when Faye acquired her first guitar from then shop-owner and musician, Ballantine. Faye recalls taking a couple lessons from Ballantine at that time and kept in touch over the years. Their paths would cross occasionally, but it would not be until early 2012 when they got together as a duo. Ballantine noticed on Facebook that Faye had moved back to town and invited her over to play. They immediately got along musically and now are wrapping up their second CD.

Back in the 1970s, Scott opened the much-loved Guitar Shop on Broad Ripple Avenue. The guitar and music shop was the first in a series Ballantine owned. He was also known for his musical group, The Strugglers, a popular mainstay band throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s. The Strugglers were the house band at the Hummingbird Cafe. Faye would attend Strugglers’ performances and would sit in with them occasionally, but the timing was not yet right for the two of them musically.

Faye left Indianapolis for Virginia to join Saffire – the Uppity Blues Women. She would be a part of this group for 17 years until the band retired. Faye was nominated twice for Blues Music Awards during her tenure with Saffire. Having traveled all over the world to places such as South Africa, New Zealand, Europe and South America, it was time to come home. In 2013, she graced the cover of Mandolin Magazine, calling her the “First Lady of the Blues Mandolin.” Moving back a few years ago to help take care of her 93-year-old mom, Faye was getting back into the local music scene when Ballantine contacted her on Facebook.

Both Faye and Ballantine have been known around town for ages and share a love of roots-Americana music. Some refer to their style as “acoustic blues.” Ballantine plays guitar with the dexterity of a seasoned veteran, while Faye’s strong vocals and amazing string skillset compliment one another beautifully. Faye also plays the electric and upright bass, mandolin, violin/fiddle and guitar.

Listening to the two perform together, you feel as though they have both come home. Their performances are so perfectly in sync; it is like they are family.

They released their first CD project in 2013, Laying Down Our Blues, to great acclaim with the greatest national praise coming from Blues Music Magazine. They have begun work on their second recording, planning a release for late 2014. They play and teach regularly in Indianapolis, and also tour and teach workshops across the country, including a music camp in Bar Harbor, Maine, every summer for the past three years.

The two enjoy performing everywhere, but their favorite venues are house concerts. House concerts provide an intimate setting; the attendees pay a lot of attention and are quiet, which is a change from restaurants and loud bars. This grassroots means of getting music to local folks came about by people who grew out of the smoky bar scene but still want to enjoy music.

Go to YouTube and look up “‘Take It Slow’ by Andra and Scott,” and you will hear to why this works for them.

You can also visit their Facebook page.

Excerpt from Blues Music Magazine Pete Sardon’s review of Andra Faye and Scott Ballantine, Laying Down Our Blues, self-released CD.
“Faye deftly plays her mandolin, provides all of the vocals, Ballantine is content to accompany with both acoustic and resonator guitar. For our musician readers, these sounds will both captivate your listening and make you a tad jealous over his craft in guitar technique. With its mellifluous vocals and virtuosic accompaniment, the first collaboration between Faye and Ballantine is a welcome addition to your blues library.”