Web site: http://www.paulthorn.com
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Paul Thorn was a prizefighter and skydiver before becoming an acclaimed Americana singer/songwriter with a unique and distinctive sound: reflective, rowdy, lots of guitar, the thinking man's alternative country artist.
The voice of a man who has walked a long, hot span over dusty Mississippi country roads, Thorn excels as a musical storyteller with an authentic connection to the blues, country, gospel, rhythm and blue, and rock ‘n’ roll of the Mississippi heartland. 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.
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. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised among the same spirits (and some of the actual people) who nurtured a young Elvis generations before, 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 Durán on national television, signed with and been dropped by a major label, opened for Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, and John Prine among many other headliners, and made some of the most emotionally restless yet fully accessible music of our time.