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Paul Thorn

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Tupelo, Mississippi’s Paul Thorn was a prizefighter and skydiver before learning to be a rootsy vocalist/songwriter. Being a boxer Thorn once struggled Roberto Duran, so when a musician he provides toured and collaborated with Sting, Paul Carrack, Joe Diffie, Tanya Tucker, Ronnie Milsap, and Carole Ruler, to mention a scant few. Thorn may be the son of the Pentecostal preacher; gospel music is at his bloodstream from birth and it has continued to be a lifelong interest. Music wasn’t his initial choice as an occupation, nevertheless; boxing was. He fought skillfully within the 1980s. After retiring, he embraced music, but ongoing to pay for the rent using a time work — until music business owner and manager Mls Copeland noticed him play a present within a Tupelo pizzeria. Copeland agreed upon him to A&M. His debut record, Hammer and Toe nail, was released in 1997. Thorn transferred to Copeland’s Ark 21 for 1999’s Ain’t Like Unusual. A formidable guitarist, Thorn made a decision to display his chops as well as the rock and roll & roll aspect of his root base music over the celebrated Objective Temple Fire Functions Stand in 2002. His had taken for the weighty subject matter of like for 2004’s ARE YOU CURRENTLY with Me?, utilizing a even more stripped-down design of creation and R&B-based grooves to illustrate his materials. Thorn got a four-year break from documenting, though he still gigged — otherwise incessantly, after that abundantly — in america and European countries. When he do come back, on 2008’s QUITE A DISTANCE from Tupelo, he’d melded most of his earlier explorations holistically right into a resonant Americana along with his gritty, expressive, soulful tone of voice atop everything. This year 2010 he released the humorously however poignantly entitled Pimps and Preachers by himself Perpetual Obscurity label, and adopted it in 2012 along with his 1st all-covers collection, The actual Hell Can be Goin’ On?; the recording featured Thorn’s variations of music by Rick Danko, Allen Toussaint, Donnie Fritts, Lindsey Buckingham, Ray Wylie Hubbard, among others. Thorn came back with a solid recording of originals, As well Blessed to become Stressed, in 2014.

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Full Name Paul Thorn
Profession Songwriter, Singer-songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Heather Marie Thorn
Children Kit Thorn
Parents Earline Thorn, Wayne Thorn
Music Songs Pimps and Preachers, It's a Great Day to Whup Somebody's Ass, What the Hell Is Goin' On, I Don't Like Half the Folks I Love, Mission Temple Fireworks Stand, You Might Be Wrong, I Have a Good Day, Bull Mountain Bridge, If I Can Get Over Her, Things Left Undone, Burn Down the Trailer Park, Too Blessed to Be Stressed, Long Way From Tupelo, That's Life, I Backslide On Friday, Mediocrity Is King, What Have You Done To Lift Somebody Up, Old Stray Dogs & Jesus, Joanie The Jehovah's Witness Stripper, Tequila Is Good for the Heart, Don't Let Nobody Rob You of Your Joy, She's Got a Crush on Me, Temporarily Forever Mine, Where Was I?, Even Heroes Die, Angel Too Soon, Shelter Me Lord, Everybody Needs Somebody, Ain't Livin' in Sin No More, When The Long Road Ends, Everything's Gonna Be Alright, Love Scar
Albums A Long Way From Tupelo, Pimps and Preachers, What the Hell Is Goin' On?, Hammer and Nail, Too Blessed to Be Stressed, Ain't Love Strange, So Far So Good Live, Are You With Me, Mission Temple Fireworks Stand, Live At Short Street Package Store, Hammer & Nail Live, Pimps and Preachers (plus 14 track bonus album), Still No Hits, The Best of Paul Thorn (Includes The Acoustic Show)


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American Stag 2006 Documentary

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A Day in the Life of an Elvis Fan 2011 Documentary Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2008 TV Series Himself
American Music: Off the Record 2008 Documentary Himself
Mountain Stage 2004 TV Series Himself - Musician

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