Paul Thorn: “Half the songs on this album were recorded on a Gibson Hummingbird with three-year-old strings!”

Paul Thorn
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Paul Thorn never considered himself a country music artist. Still, he has reasoned, “I live in the country and I play music, so maybe I am.” That might hold true when reviewing the list of artists who have recorded his songs, but Thorn’s fanbase reaches across genres, repeatedly landing him on the Billboard Top 100 and Americana charts.

Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Thorn grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, which he still calls home. His backstory is as unique and multi-dimensional as his music. His father was a Church of God of Prophecy evangelist… and his uncle Merle was a hustler and pimp. 

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including,, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer,, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.