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Thorne in His Stride

N.Y.C. folkie has guitar, will travel.


New York City-based songwriter Richard Thorne figures most modern folksingers go through the same pattern of playing live and recording. The little money Thorne makes from his acoustic gigs goes toward funding his career. Whenever he can scrape together enough cash, he goes into the studio. "I'm always tweaking my songs," he says. "I want to be sure they're ready when I record them."

Thorne's latest CD, Amalgam, was self-released last year. While some mom-and-pop shops carry the disc, most copies are sold online at CD Baby or at live shows. "Honestly, I'd prefer to just write songs and have other people record them," he says. Thorne released his first record — which he describes as "Gordon Lightfoot meets Roxy Music" — 25 years ago. He dropped out of the music biz for seven years, returning in 2000 with a folk-pop EP. "To me, it's the song that counts," he says. "I don't care who does it or what it is. I don't get hung up on genres."
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