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Paul Thorn

An Acoustic Evening with

Paul Thorn

Chris Corkery

Thu, January 18, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Castle Theatre

Bloomington, IL

$25 (Advance) / $28 (Day of Show)

Ticket Prices listed do NOT include additional Ticket Fees added at online checkout & box office / This is an all-seated, general admission show. There are no assigned seats. It is a strictly first-come, first-seated event.

Paul Thorn
Paul Thorn
Paul Thorn’s new album Too Blessed To Be Stressed stakes out new territory for the popular roots-rock songwriter and performer. “In the past, I’ve told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life,” the former prizefighter and literal 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.”

Which explains numbers like the acoustic-electric charmer “Rob You of Your Joy,” where Thorn’s warm peaches-and-molasses singing dispenses advice on avoiding the pitfalls of life. The title track borrows its tag 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.’” In the hands of Thorn and his faithful band, who’ve been together 20 years, the tune applies its own funky balm, interlacing a percolating drum and keyboard rhythm with the slinky guitar lines beneath his playful banter.

Thorn’s trademark humor is abundant throughout the album which was released August 19, 2014 on Perpetual Obscurity/Thirty Tigers. “Backslide on Friday” is 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. “But,” Thorn protests, “I know I’m not the only one who says he’s gonna diet and just eat Blue Bell vanilla ice cream on Sundays, and then ends up eating it every day!”

“Mediocrity Is King” takes a wider swipe, at our culture’s hyper-drive addiction to celebrity artifice and rampant consumerism. But like “Everything Is Gonna Be All Right,” a rocking celebration of the simple joys of life, it’s done with Thorn’s unflagging belief in the inherent goodness of the human heart.
Chris Corkery
Chris Corkery
Chris Corkery tears up barrooms with blazing acoustic guitar riffs and belts out ballads at shows across the Midwest and beyond. His energetic guitar performances match the intensity of Robert Johnson, while his soulful side captures the heartbreak of Townes Van Zandt. Based in Lexington, IL, Chris began performing in 2000 and fronted the heartland rock group The Dirty Hands Band before venturing out as a solo performer in 2010. Chris writes with honesty and performs with pure passion. His songs range from blues and rock-inspired up-tempo stomps to lyrical stories and melodies about family, hardship and life on the road. Chris has shared stages with Shooter Jennings, Cody Jinks, The Band of Heathens, Robert Earl Keen, Backyard Tire Fire, The Righteous Hillbillies, Anders Osborne, Whitey Morgan, Sturgill Simpson, J.B. Beverley and many others.
Venue Information:
The Castle Theatre
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
http://www.thecastletheatre.com/