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Paul Thorn

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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That voice....
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in my wheelhouse
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jeffstamper
My good friend Dan A turned me on to PT in the early part of this century. I couldn't get enough! Have seen him perform in KC and North Carolina. Great live show. The lead guitarist is awesome. My wife and I dance to the ballads in our driveway often. Lovin' us some PT. Please come to Wilmington, NC!
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tansill.stud i o
Pimps and Preachers is Paul Thorn.
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yes yes ,,, i like it
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jimsellers
Discovering Paul Thorn last year was like finding gold in a sea of pyrite. Heard him on Jimmy Rabbitt's streaming radio show. Saw him live and it was one of the BEST performances I have seen in a LONG time. Next time, I expect him to play Snake Farm, the first song I ever heard from him. Can't wait for the next release.
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It aint strange enough
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Hell no
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It shurr is....in more ways then one cause one is never enufff
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pamhuffty.hs r
Had been listening for a couple of years & saw him for the first time live in May of 2013 @ Riverfest in Little Rock, AR. Awsome
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Paul, will you marry me Baby?
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wildcatrx
Saw him a few times and that is where he shines. He is a real person writing bout real life experiences, good or bad.
Keep it real Paul.
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Saw him with John Prine years ago and fell in love with his music immediately. Talent galore!
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Saw Paul by accident at BellyUp in Aspen. He was opening for Cody Canada and blew us away. Such a funny writer.
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mrschaffins
i like this guy talented and humorous
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karn62
he can sing to me anytime
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I LOVE this guy!!
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Just seen him in KC a couple weeks ago......... . . . . . h e was AWESOME!
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wyeru
Found out about him through the It's a Great Day video on YouTube. Love his work!
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deelo9523
Simply the BEST live!!!!!
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I love his voice. My boyfriend turned me on to Paul. I was lucky to be able to hear him and Ruthie Foster when they were in Scottsdale this year.
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this is the first time i have heard him and i am quite surprised! i love this song so i am sure i would love any of his other music. and he hails from where my mother was born!
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quite simply, one of the best blues men working today, bar none, no question, no debate. plus one of the knowledgeabl e of the genre.
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I love this guy, should be a top ten blues man!
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lsheehan57
Great music to groove to!!
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LOVE IT! Keep the groovin' going Paul!
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I LOVE Paul Thorn! I have seen him 4 times live(when he gets up to the Boston area). He is amazing!
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i was fortunate to have someone turn me on to his music many years ago and i was hooked. Got to see him live in a small barlike theater in san fransisco, was one of the best evenings out in my life. Thank you Paul and Band. Keep them coming!
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leannbrooks
Must see him live! you don't get the whole effect on CD's. The stories between the songs are just as great as the songs themselves.
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I've seen this band in Oregon and Pa. Tight band, a GREAT live show. Paul shows genuine love and enthusiasm for what he does. He shared the inspiration for all the songs he performed. This and his sense of humor really win over the audience.
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chicagomikeo
Paul is an outstanding man! He genuinely likes his fans and has a real connection with his audience. The show is a definite "Must See"....
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tubejiger
He played a request for me in Pismo beach .he was at a friends house. I was working at a jobsite ACROSS THE STREET.The SONG was Todays a GOOD DAY TO WUUP SOMEBODYS A** COOLEST THING THAT EVER HAPPEN TO ME
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Saw in Roanoke, VA couple of years ago. He is a very down to earth guy. He sang a song about his mother and broke down on stage. The entire audience was in tears by the end of the song!!
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Just saw him for the first time on Delbert McClinton's Sandy Beaches Cruise, whether he was on stage with his band or playing the piano by himself after hours he rocked. He is also a very nice and sincere guy with a beautiful family. I will go see him anytime he is around and will pick up the rest of his albums ASAP.
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Honest outstanding bar room rock with uncommon lyrics. This guy and his players are solid and seasoned. The music comes from experience. Highly recommend.
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kcj13
Pimps and Preachers is a great album, Saw him at Zoeys Cafe this past summer in Ventura, CA - Great show - See him if you get a chance - K
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Just discovered him and find him to be AMAZING!!
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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!
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flowerchild_ 1 9 8 0
Please add new album 'pimps and preachers... thank you!~
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drthomas656
I like mood ring.
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anne0022
Just saw him in Santa Cruz, CA. Fantastic!!! He is so awesome. I have never had the pleasure of seeing him before. I will be at any shows he has around here. My new favorite too.
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nancybiehn
My new favorite!
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Listened to him live on the Bridge today-he talked of his life and song writing inspiration- H e played three or four songs live, just him and his acoustic. Excellent--
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Looking forward to seeing Paul Thorn and Slaid Cleave Thursday at Knucklehead' s in KC.
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flowerchild_ 1 9 8 0
Pimps and Preachers by Paul Thorn New CD
The Best so far.....
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gmanred48
Found out about Paul Thorn a while back. Then realized he had just been in San Diego and I discovered him a little too late. He will be playing in SO CAL three times in the near future and I will be at at least one of the concerts. LOOKING FORWARD TO IT!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Saw him at the National BMW RA Motorcycle Rally in Johnson City, TN in '09. Great on CD, even better live!
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little bit of Marc Broussard, little bit of Mark Cohn, Paul Thorn's music hits that spot...
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I've loved Paul's music since i first heard it. I wish the album Live at Short Street was on here.
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A good friend turned me on to Paul Thorn. His voice sounds like he could cover ZZ top perfectly ! Hey don't hate on me, cuz I'm just saying. Love the sound. period. Monk

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