A gift for storytelling in song
Paul Thorn is ready to show Aussie audiences just how good his hooks are, writes
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