Rock & Pop

Paul Thorn

When: Thu., July 2, 8 p.m. 2015

As the story goes, singer-songwriter Paul Thorn had his first brush with fame when he sang the Lionel Ritchie tune “Three Times a Lady” at a talent show when he was in grade school. He suddenly went from being a social outcast to the most popular kid on the playground.
 Thorn, who just turned 50, tried his hand at a few different things before becoming a full-time singer-songwriter. He was even a pro boxer at one point and fought world champ Roberto Duran. But his 1997 debut Hammer and Nail established him as a singular talent, thanks in part to his woozy, bluesy voice. While most of his songs center on stories, his latest album, last year's Too Blessed To Be Stressed, is less autobiographical and more about trying to get at what he considers to be universal truths. In a song such as In “Mediocrity’s King,” he talks politics and observes the ways in which our standards have been lowered. His standards, you can be assured, are higher than ever. The guy's a consummate showman and a real character. (Jeff Niesel)

Price: $25 ADV, $28 DOS

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