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Paul Thorn has created an innovative and impressive career, pleasing crowds with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American, yet also speaking universal truths.

Among those who value originality, inspiration, eccentricity and character – as well as talent that hovers somewhere on the outskirts of genius, the story of Paul Thorn is already familiar. Raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, among the same spirits (and some of the actual people) who nurtured the young Elvis generations before, Paul Thorn has rambled down back roads and jumped out of airplanes, worked for years in a furniture factory, battled four-time world champion boxer Roberto Duran on national television, signed with and been dropped by a major label, performed on stages with Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Sting, and John Prine among many others, and made some of the most emotionally restless yet fully accessible music of our time.

He’s also appeared on major television shows such as Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live, been the subject of numerous National Public Radio (NPR) features and charted multiple times on the Billboard Top 100 and Americana Radio Charts.

In 2018, Paul released an album titled Don’t Let the Devil Ride, which he describes as “the culmination of my whole life in music, coming back to my roots.” It marks his first time recording gospel music – featuring guests such as the Blind Boys of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters, and Preservation Hall Horns – and his creation of a body of strikingly original songs that address the foibles of human relationships without necessarily favoring the sacred over the profane.

 

news

Paul Thorn’s New Video Series “Tales & Ales” Premieres Today
Letter of the Week!
Paul Thorn Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Paul Thorn’s “Don’t Let the Devil Ride” is WFPK’s Album of the Month
Mississippi House of Representatives Proclaims March 27 Paul Thorn Day!
Paul Thorn Sold Out 20th Century Theatre in Cincinnati
A Cayamo Toast to Lagunitas!
Paul Thorn Premieres “Love Train” Video on Billboard
Paul Thorn Brings Down the House at 30-A
Paul Thorn and the Mission Temple Fireworks Revival Concert to Air on NPR

TOUR DATES

Date City Venue
Jan 06 - Jan 09 Steamboat Springs, CO MusicFest
Jan 12 Weirsdale, FL Orange Blossom Opry
Jan 17 - Jan 19 South Walton, FL 30A Songwriters Festival
Feb 11 Sarasota, FL Blue Rooster
Feb 12 Sarasota, FL Blue Rooster
Feb 14 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre
Feb 18 - Feb 22 Miami, FL Keeping The Blues Alive Cruise
Feb 27 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music
Feb 28 Johnson City, TN The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room
Feb 29 Chattanooga, TN Songbirds North
Mar 06 Shelby, NC The Don Gibson Theater
Mar 07 Newberry, SC Newberry Opera House
Mar 22 Bakersfield, CA 1933 Club
Mar 24 Morro Bay, CA The Siren
Mar 25 Sutter Creek, CA Sutter Creek Theatre
Mar 28 Berkeley, CA Cornerstone
Mar 29 Petaluma, CA Mystic Theatre
May 01 Millvale, PA Mr Small’s Theatre
May 12 Goshen, IN Ignition Music Garage

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