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The Paul Thorn Band

Tupelo, Mississippi's Paul Thorn was a prizefighter and skydiver before becoming a rootsy singer/songwriter. As a boxer Thorn once fought against Roberto Duran, and as a musician he has toured and collaborated with Sting, Paul Carrack, Joe Diffie, Tanya Tucker, Ronnie Milsap, and Carole King, to name a scant few.

Thorn is the son of a Pentecostal preacher; gospel music was in his blood from birth and has remained a lifelong passion. Music wasn't his first choice as a profession, however; boxing was. He fought professionally in the 1980s. After retiring, he embraced music, but continued to pay the rent with a day job -- until music entrepreneur and manager Miles Copeland heard him play a show in a Tupelo pizzeria. Copeland signed him to A&M. His debut album, Hammer and Nail, was issued in 1997. Thorn moved to Copeland's Ark 21 for 1999's Ain’t Love Strange.

A formidable guitarist, Thorn decided to showcase his chops and the rock & roll side of his roots music on the celebrated Mission Temple Fire Works Stand in 2002. His took on the weighty subject of love for 2004's Are You with Me?, using a more stripped-down style of production and R&B-based grooves to illustrate his material.

Thorn took a four-year break from recording, though he still gigged -- if not incessantly, then abundantly -- in the United States and Europe. When he did return, on 2008's A Long Way from Tupelo, he'd melded all of his previous explorations holistically into a resonant Americana with his gritty, expressive, soulful voice atop it all. In 2010 he released the humorously yet poignantly titled Pimps and Preachers on his own Perpetual Obscurity label, and followed it in 2012 with his first all-covers collection, What the Hell Is Goin' On?; the album featured Thorn's versions of tunes by Rick Danko, Allen Toussaint, Donnie Fritts, Lindsey Buckingham, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and others. Thorn returned with a strong album of originals, Too Blessed to Be Stressed, in 2014. ~ Heather Phares & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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imawhyknow
PT rocked Main Street Studios of Walla Walla, WA! What an amazing performance. I can count on one hand the amount of inspiring and moving performances I've seen. The Paul Thorn Band brings it.
bluzhawk
Paul previewed some fresh songs at a free outdoor show near Kansas City where he gained a lot of fans. New album should be good.
Just saw him last week in Berkeley. Always a fun experience, and I always try to bring someone who's never seen or heard him before. They ALL want to come back for another PT show.
I seen him at Knuckle Heads KC Mo he did a 50 person show it was great
geobishop196 1
Have seen PT in concert at Wolf Trap twice, Charlotte, and a few other venues. He never fails to capture the audience and is one of the most gracious performers I've ever met.
This guy is so cool, he stopped on the way to the stage to take a snapshot with me and when the camera malfunctione d he assisted my wife, the camera person, and stood for a retake.
I love listening to him! One of my Favorites!!!
jimpetersen5
The truth an humor of his songs helped me out of a dark place.
ehclwry
Yeah, I'm a fan of NPR also...misse d the first interview... n o t entirely happy with his 2nd interview... b u t still interested enough to listen to his music...righ t now listening to Heart with a 4 wheel drive and while not sure i ever want in on my playlist, i do want to hear more...reser v i n g judgment until i hear more...keep on keepin' on...
claudia.demo s s
Thorn is right when he says that NPR is his best advertisemen t . I heard him with Bob Edwards on Friday May 25, 2012 and immediately went to Pandora to listen to more. I'm not a big purchaser of CDs but I WILL be buying his! What a genuine, true to himself singer/songw r i t e r . His speaking voice reminds me of the kid on Sling Blade!
This guy can write great songs and his band rocks. They are very finely tuned and can turn a song into a great story. You're there!
danielrthome
Saw him live a week or so ago first time--one of the best live shows I have seen. Thanks, Paul and Band
sylvester.le a
Paul is awesome. Great man, great songwriter (Billy Maddox - props to you) and great entertainer. Love him. Love ya Paul - Lea
info85945
Paul and band gave Seattle a great show last night. Hard working men. They did almost 2 hours straight with heart and soul.:)
jmhmignon2
Paul is so genuine. Love, love, love this guy. Have seen him live, going to drive to Anniston, Alabama to see him in August.
flowerchild_ 1 9 8 0
Okay, everyone that has heard me preach the word about Paul Thorn needs to tune into Muscle Shoals to Music Row this week on Kix96 or watch online at www.ms2mr.co m Thursday Night. Check it out!
I love "Blue Stew" wish I didn't know the recipe!
Paul Thorn Band gave a stellar performance in an intimate setting last night in Redwood City, CA. His simple and warm humor charms while the music makes you sway and tap a foot. Very fortunate to be introduced to his style of music! Jane in Benicia, CA.
Paul has my undying respect for his bluntly honest content and brilliantly funky melodic themes. No one brings a tear to my eye or a chuckle like Paul Thorn. What a stellar band he has! Who are these guys? And his vocal choir, my gawd! Saw him first at the 'Sister's Folk Festival', in Sisters, Oregon, a few years ago. He's a shining star in a vast universe. Good luck Paul.
-Andre`, a redneck canuc in Redmond,Oreg o n
spriks3
i've seen paul perform 4 times. first with john prine and last with all the boys in his band at milw.'s shank hall. we were invited on stage to help sing mission temple fireworks stand, and had a blast!! what a wonderful bunch of guys. keep an eye on this one!!!! dianne(rubys u e )

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