A gift for sto­ry­telling in song

Paul Thorn is ready to show Aussie au­di­ences just how good his hooks are, writes

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with A&M Records and recorded his first al­bum, in 1997.

He has since re­leased seven more al­bums, in­clud­ing 2010’s ac­claimed

which is be­ing re­leased in Aus­tralia. The al­bum ref­er­ences the two men Thorn cites as his great­est in­flu­ences – his un­cle, who worked as a pimp as a young man, and his dad, a Pen­te­costal min­is­ter. ‘‘I’m com­ing to pro­mote my al­bum Pimps

A lot of peo­ple think I’m try­ing to say some­thing cool and slick with the ti­tle but it refers to my fa­ther be­ing a min­is­ter and his brother was a lit­eral pimp who made his liv­ing off women,’’ he says.

‘‘I got a lot of ad­vice from my fa­ther about the bright side of life and ex­pe­ri­enced the dark side hang­ing around my un­cle.

‘‘My fa­ther and un­cle are very spe­cial to me. They’re a huge part of my suc­cess and just about ev­ery song on the al­bum is tes­ta­ment to the phi­los­o­phy I got from them. ‘‘No­body’s all good and no­body’s all bad. ‘‘The ti­tle track of the al­bum is my way of thank­ing my fa­ther and my un­cle for the men­tor­ship they gave me as a child.’’

Thorn’s gift for sto­ry­telling in song has seen him open for ev­ery­one from Huey Lewis and the News to Sting, Mar­i­anne Faith­ful, Mark Knopfler, Robert Cray, Bon­nie Raitt, Toby Keith and Jeff Beck. In fact, Raitt is one of his big­gest fans. ‘‘Paul is one of my favourite artists. Talk about some­body with a pow­er­ful live per­for­mance. He’s funny, he’s funky, he’s sexy, he’s witty and he’s a great song­writer. I love the en­ergy. I fig­ure he’s gonna grease the pan for me,’’ Raitt says.

Paul Thorn plays the Broadbeach Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val to­mor­row at 8.45pm (Broadbeach Mall stage) and Satur­day at 8.45pm (Surf Pa­rade stage). All shows are free.

US singer and song­writer Paul Thorn

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