Thorn at The Grand in Wilmington, Delaware, 2008
|Birth name||Paul Wayne Thorn|
13 July 1964 |
Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
|Origin||Tupelo, Mississippi, United States|
|Genres||Americana, Southern rock, Country, Blues, Blues rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, boxer|
|Labels||A&M Records, Perpetual Obscurity|
Thorn was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but as an infant his family moved and he was raised in Tupelo, Mississippi. He is also the cousin of Stan Thorn, a keyboardist for the band Shenandoah and Kay Bain's Saturday Mornin' Band on the WTVA Saturday morning series, The Mornin' Show.
Before his professional music career began, he was briefly a professional boxer, having fought a nationally-televised fight against former world champion Roberto Durán, and also won the Mid-South Middleweight Championship in Memphis, Tennessee. After a few years of working in a local furniture factory and playing in local clubs, he was discovered by music professional Miles Copeland (brother of The Police drummer Stewart Copeland), was signed to a recording contract with A&M Records and recorded his first album, Hammer & Nail in 1997, followed by seven more albums. In early 2008, he enjoyed national TV performance appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
His album Pimps and Preachers, debuted at No. 83 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was released on June 22, 2010. It is the highest position he has had on these charts. He is currently on tour promoting the album.
His 2012 album What the Hell Is Going On was the #12 Most Played Album of 2012 on the AMA Chart. What the Hell Is Going On was Thorn's second record to debut on the Billboard Top 100 during its first week of release.
In 2014, Thorn released Too Blessed to Be Stressed, which he described as a collection of "positive anthem songs."
! scope="row"| "Too Blessed to be Stressed" |
- Release date: August 19, 2014
- Label: Perpeual Obscurity
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|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Hammer and Nail||
|Ain’t Love Strange||
|Mission Temple Fireworks Stand||
|A Long Way from Tupelo||
|Pimps and Preachers||
|What the Hell Is Goin' On?||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- "Paul Thorn Biography". Artists A to Z. Great American Country. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
- Crossley, Jennifer (24 September 2009). "Ready to jam". Times Daily (Florence, Al: Times Daily). Retrieved 23 July 2010.
- "Bernie Williams, Ruthie Foster, Susan Tedeschi and More Join The Allman Brothers Band". Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- Corbett, Stephen (July 18, 2012). "Tupelo’s Paul Thorn". Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- from an interview on the Americana Music Show #212, published September 25th, 2014.
- "Paul Thorn Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- "Paul Thorn Album & Song Chart History – Rock Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- "Paul Thorn Album & Song Chart History – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
- "Paul Thorn Album & Song Chart History – Independent Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
- Official Website
- Official MySpace page
- Paul Thorn Official Bio
- Swampland interview
- BoxRec - Paul Thorn's Boxing Record