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Florida blues rock kid Champ Jaxon set to perform

He’s an 11-year-old blues rocker who’s played bars and festivals all over Southwest Florida and has even shared the stage with Southern rock legends The Marshall Tucker Band — twice.

Now Punta Gorda’s Champ Jaxon will rock an even bigger stage with a national TV audience: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

The episode — recorded Dec. 2 in Los Angeles — airs at 4 p.m. today on local channel ABC7. Jaxon says he chatted with the show’s guest host, country superstar Brad Paisley, played his new single “Born in The Grove” and even jammed with Paisley to close out the show.

“It was an amazing experience,” he says.

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So how does an 11-year-old kid get into the blues, of all things?

“I have my dad to blame for that,” he says and laughs.

Father Nate Winkler, 41, was always playing blues-rock and Southern rock bands like Gov’t Mule and the early Rolling Stones. “He kind of got me into it,” Jaxon says, “and it kinda just stuck with me.”

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