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Label: Perpetual Obscurity
Bio: Paul Thorn's latest CD is A Long Way From Tupelo, a collection of songs which once again illustrates Thorn’s versatility and authentic connection to the music of the Mississippi heartland: blues, country, gospel, rhythm and blues, and rock 'n' roll. Thorn excels as a musical storyteller. Maybe, g... See Full BioMore Info
Paul Thorn - CD Release Show About: Welcomes Paul ThornPaul Thorn WebsiteMISSISSIPPI-BRED SINGER PAUL THORN CRAFTS AN ORIGINAL SET OF ROCK ANTHEMS FOR HIS NEW ALBUM TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED,OUT AUGUST 19 ON PERPETUAL OBSCURITY/THIRTY TIGERSHeralded songwriter follows up his most successful release to date plus his AAA radio airplay-winning contribution to the Jackson Browne tribute disc with 10 feel-good numbers that already have audiences singing alongPaul Thorns new album Too Blessed To Be Stressed stakes out new territory for the popular roots-rock songwriter and performer. In the past, Ive told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life, the former prizefighter and literal son of a preacher man offers. This time, Ive written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and Ive done it with a purpose: to make people feel good.Which explains numbers like the acoustic-electric charmer Rob You of Your Joy, where Thorns warm peaches-and-molasses singing dispenses advice on avoiding the pitfalls of life. The title track borrows its tag from a familiar saying among the members of the African-American Baptist churches Thorn frequented in his childhood. Id ask, How you doin, sister? And what Id often hear back was, Im too blessed to be stressed. In the hands of Thorn and his faithful band, whove been together 20 years, the tune applies its own funky balm, interlacing a percolating drum and keyboard rhythm with the slinky guitar lines beneath his playful banter.Thorns trademark humor is abundant throughout the album, which will be released August 19, 2014 on Perpetual Obscurity/Thirty Tigers. Backslide on Friday is a warm-spirited poke at personal foibles. I promised myself not to write about me, but I did on Backslide, Thorn relates. The chipper pop tune is a confession about procrastination, sweetened by Bill Hinds slide guitar and Thorns gently arching melody. But, Thorn protests, I know Im not the only one who says hes gonna diet and just eat Blue Bell vanilla ice cream on Sundays, and then ends up eating it every day!It helps that those big vocal hooks on Too Blessed To Be Stressed are being reinforced by the sound of Thorns flexible and dynamic band, as they have been doing for years in concert. During their two decades in the club, theater and festival trenches, the four-piece and their frontman have garnered a reputation for shows that ricochet from humor to poignancy to knock-out rock n roll. Guitarist Bill Hinds is the perfect, edgy foil for Thorns warm, laconic salt o the earth delivery a veritable living library of glowing tones, sultry slide and sonic invention. Keyboardist Michael Dr. Love Graham displays a gift for melody that reinforces Thorns hooks while creating his own impact, and helps expand the groups rhythmic force. Meanwhile drummer Jeffrey Perkins and bassist Ralph Friedrichsen are a force, propelling every tune with just the right amount of up-tempo power or deep-in-the-groove restraint.Thats really Thorns mission for Too Blessed To Be Stressed, which can be heard as a running conversation about life between Thorn and listeners a conversation leavened with gentles insights, small inspirations and plenty of cheer.I wrote these songs hoping they might put people in a positive mindset and encourage them to count their own blessings, like I count mine, Thorn observes. Theres no higher goal I could set for myself than to help other people find some happiness and gratitude in their lives.
Paul Thorn New music!Paul Thorn is the modern wild man of Southern music. He's had quite a life! He skydives. He got into the ring with Roberto "Hands of Steel" Duran on national television. (Both ended up at Atlantic City Medical Center, and Paul reaped a great song, "I'd Rather Be a Hammer Than a Nail.") He's the son of a Pentecostal preacher who rode the tent-revival circuit. He paints. He had his first singing gig at age three. He comes from Tupelo, Mississippi and absorbed the power of gospel music just like another famous native of that town. And he ties it all together in original songs, masterpieces of gutbucket storytelling country and soul with a fearless confessional streak (and often very funny). Thom Jurek of the All Music Guide calls Paul Thorn "a soul singer who can slip down into the murk and mess of human emotions with style and aplomb." Paul comes to Michigan with a new release, "Too Blessed to Be Stressed," of which he says, "In the past, I've told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life. This time, I've written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I've done it with a purpose: to make people feel good."Visit Paul Thorn on the web
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