A Man of Many Talents: Appreciating Paul Thorn

If you’re a fan of blues, country, rock, gospel, or soul music, you’ve probably heard of Paul Thorn (born 1964). However, fans of any music genre can appreciate his fascinating life and work, his unusual American roots, and the sheer variety of career types in which he has proved his talent. Here are some things worth knowing about Paul Thorn.

  • Origin story. Although he was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Thorn spent his childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi. His father was a Pentecostal preacher, and he spent much of his youth singing in church and traveling to revivals. He learned to play the guitar, organ, and piano during these early years.
  • Multiple careers. Thorn’s musical talent may have been established early in his life, but he had several other careers before becoming a professional musician. He has been a champion prizefighter, skydiver, and a furniture factory worker. It was during the course of this last job that he began writing songs. He is currently also an exhibiting painter, and some of his artwork appears on his album covers.
  • Music. Thorn specializes in American roots music, which is also known as Americana. His blend of blues, rock, Southern rock, soul, country, and gospel strives to capture various aspects of the human condition. His choice of genres is especially intriguing in light of the fact that this music was forbidden in his childhood household: Thorn had to hide the first two rock n’ roll records he owned from his parents.
  • Discography and musical accomplishments. Thorn’s first album, Hammer & Nail, was released in 1997. He has completed 10 albums to date, and his 2018 album boasts having spent 20 weeks on billboard charts, including having topped blues and gospel charts. Thorn now has his own ironically-named record label, Perpetual Obscurity, through which his 2021 album A Long Way from Tupelo was produced.

See Paul Thorn Up Close at Main Street Crossing

You can see Paul Thorn perform in an intimate concert setting at Main Street Crossing on Thursday, May 16th. Click here to purchase tickets. 

Main Street Crossing in Tomball, Texas is one of the best small music venues in the Houston metro area. This unique nonprofit in a historical venue hosts country, Americana, folk, blues, and other types of music artists in an intimate setting: the furthest seat is only 45 feet from the stage. MSC also offers food, beverages, and community seating, making it easier to interact with fellow concertgoers and even performing artists.

Main Street Crossing additionally functions as a multi-use venue for church services, concerts, and more located in Tomball. Check out our event calendar and enjoy entertainment in support of good causes!