December 14, 2007

THAT DINO WE BELIEVE IN:

Son of a Preacher Man (Lindsey Maddox, December 12, 2007, Jackson Free Press)

Paul Thorn’s musical career began fortuitously in 1997, in his hometown of Tupelo. “I got discovered playing in a pizza restaurant of all places by (Sting’s manager) Miles Copeland,” Thorn says. “I was plucked out of a chair factory, and things just kind of snowballed. … Within a month I was opening for Sting.”

In the 10 years since, Thorn has released four albums and toured with many other legendary musicians like Jeff Beck, Marianne Faithful, Mark Knopfler and John Prine. With a mother who played the accordion and a dad who played rockabilly guitar, Thorn developed a musical interest early in life. Growing up in the Pentecostal church—his father was a preacher—also heavily influenced his music. “It’s where I developed my chops as a singer,” Thorn says. “The Pentecostal church has a great music tradition. It’s kind of like rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s gospel.”

Dean Martin and his eponymous television show also influenced Thorn’s performance style. “What I liked about him ... is that he would sing these really great songs, and in between songs he would tell jokes … and make everyone feel relaxed,” Thorn says. He tries to emulate Martin’s style and create a sense of collective exchange with the audience.


Posted by Orrin Judd at December 14, 2007 6:58 AM
Comments

Some very tasty harp work there.

Posted by: ted welter at December 14, 2007 8:59 AM

The rock & roll is still out there, freshly made from scratch.

Posted by: Twn at December 14, 2007 10:16 AM

Paul Thorn, king of the redneck blues. ARE YOU WITH ME is the best album.

Posted by: msmary at December 14, 2007 1:05 PM
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