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A former boxer who was raised in a strict Pentecostal home, Paul Thorn has emerged as one of Americana's most engaging voices. This collection finds Thorn trying his hand at some smart covers: songs known by Buddy and Julie Miller, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Band, Lindsey Buckingham, and Elvin Bishop. Elements of gospel, blues, country, soul, and folk coalesce into a rootsy style that's plenty tough and expressive. Bishop adds electric guitar to the title track, which he penned. Delbert McClinton adds vocals to Wild Bill Emerson's "Bull Mountain Bridge." Allen Toussaint's "Wrong Number" cuts a firm groove with emotive power. Free's "Walk in My Shadow" transforms from hard rock into nightclub blues. Hubbard's "Snake Farm" shows touches of Hendrix in its swamp blues. Even Buckingham's "Don't Let Me Down Again" snakes around like a John Hiatt tune. True to Thorn's roots, Eli "Paperboy" Reed's "Take My Love with You" shuffles with a gospel sway. Thorn's mastery of various styles has made him a powerful American voice.

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Paul Thorn can do no wrong

Paul Thorn knocks it out of the park again with his latest CD.


I wouldn't have found this music without E-Town on the radio.

I'm a Believer..!!

I had the opportunity to see PT at the ElvisFest in Tupelo,Ms last night and it was an awesome fun outdoor concert. Living in this area for the past 25 yrs I'd heard of him many times because this is his hometown but had never listened to his music. I must say, I Love It...! Can't wait to process the video I recorded of this show.Even bought this cd and got to meet him after the show......Oh, and autograph to boot! Down home guy who never forgot his roots. Love the bluesy country sound of their music..... His daughter could be one to watch for one day too. She performed and sounded Fantastic...! A real GEM IMO...! Needless to say, I will be buying the rest of his cd's to add to the collection.....


Born: July 13, 1964 in Tupelo, MS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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