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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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Hell Yeah!

Paul Thorn does it again and this time with a collection of excellent covers! In truth, I didn't know most of these songs until he played them, but they sure sound like his own. My favorite track is easily Bull Mountain Bridge. Check this one out!

Paying Homage

Modern day poet of the common man paying tribute to some good music. Paul Thorn isn't just a great singer-songwriter, he is also a great man of integrity. I have always enjoyed his lyrics, music, and his thought patter transcending into his music. Kristofferson said he was the best kept secret in's long past time this secret gets out.

Thanks again, Mr Thorn, another jewel. God bless an keep them coming...Semper Fidelis.

Paul Thorn can do no wrong

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


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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