Mountain Stage
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Wed February 20, 2013

Paul Thorn On Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 3:48 pm

Paul Thorn is perhaps the "second most famous singer from Tupelo, Mississippi," as he likes to say (a man named Elvis is first). Thorn writes about his Southern upbringing on his autobiographical ninth album, Pimps & Preachers. On the album, he sings about lessons learned from his mentors, including his Pentecostal minister father and his uncle, who pursued more licentious means of employment.

Thorn performs songs from Pimps & Preachers in this, his sixth appearance on Mountain Stage since 1997. Memories of his mother inform "That's Life," while his drinking song "Tequila is Good for the Heart" contradicts his doctor's advice.

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