Paul Thorn – Night 1 w/Corey Hunley at the Harvester Performance Center
450 Franklin St
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
“In the past, I’ve told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life,” the former prizefighter and son of a preacher man offers. “This time, I’ve written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I’ve done it with a purpose: to make people feel good.”
Songs like the acoustic-electric charmer Don’t Let Nobody Rob You Of Your Joy, where Thorn’s warm peaches-and-molasses singing dispenses advice on avoiding the pitfalls of life. The title track is inspired from a familiar saying among the members of the African-American Baptist churches Thorn frequented in his childhood. “I’d ask, ‘How you doin’, sister?’ And what I’d often hear back was, ‘I’m too blessed to be stressed.” Thorn and his faithful band has been together 20 years, the tunes applies its own funky balm, interlacing a percolating drum, keyboard rhythm and slinky guitar.
Thorn’s trademark humor is abundant throughout the album. I Backslide On Friday a warm-spirited poke at personal foibles. “I promised myself not to write about me, but I did on ‘Backslide,’ ” Thorn relates. The chipper pop tune is a confession about procrastination, sweetened by Bill Hinds’ slide guitar and Thorn’s gently arching melody.
For tickets and more information visit Harvester-Music.com or 540-GUITARS (484-8277).