Paul Thorn plays tracks from Too Blessed To Be Stressed, and talks about his feel-good anthem songs and kissing babies on the campaign trail.
Also on this episode, blues rock from The Heckhounds, a beautiful country crooner from Emma Swift, alt-folk from Shakey Graves, bluegrass from the Whiskey Gentry, roots rock from Tim Easton, electric blues from Sean Chambers, Appalachian folk from Malcolm Holcombe, honkytonk from Tyller Gummersall, swamp punk from Les Claypool's Duo DeTwang.
This bonus episode is sponsored by the Sandy Beaches Cruise. Don’t forget you can enter to win a free vacation for two on the Sandy Beaches Cruise. The drawing is on Sept 30, 2014 so enter soon before it’s too late!
- Standing on a Corner / The Heckhounds / Live From A Garage Without Walls / 3:34
- Bittersweet / Emma Swift / Emma Swift / 4:15
- Pansy Waltz / Shakey Graves / And The War Came / 3:33
- Eula Mae / The Whiskey Gentry / Goose Creek Live From Georgia / 4:11
- Lickety Split / Tim Easton / Not Cool / 3:01 (fesatured on episode 153)
- Your Love Is My Disease / Sean Chambers / Rock House Sessions / 3:13
- Words Of December / Malcolm Holcombe / Pitiful Blues / 3:43 (featured on episode 107)
- Dancing / Tyller Gummersall Band / Live From The Henry Strater Theatre / 3:24
- Jerry Was a Race Car Driver / Les Claypool's Duo De Twang / Four Foot Shack / 3:56
Paul Thorn Info
- Preview Too Blessed To Be Stressed on Amazon.
- Visit the Paul Thorn web site
- Paul Thorn was also interviewed on episode 26.
Paul Thorn interview recap
Calvin asks Paul Thorn about his new album, Too Blessed To Be Stressed and how it's different from his previous albums. Paul says, "Some of my previous records, I'm sort of known by some people as a story teller and a lot of my previous songs are very story-oriented. This new album, is less that and more positive anthem songs. I wanted to do a record that would make people feel good when they listen to it. A lot of things I've learned in my life and advice people have shared with me, I put 'em in these songs. It's a feel good record. It's kind of like the Americana Kool and the Gang." He goes on to say, "There's a time and a place for all kind of music. There's a time when you want to wallow in your sorrow and there's a place for that. But this record's about recovering and being happy."
Paul Thorn sets up "Everything's gonna be all right." He says "It's my philosophy in life."
[Calvin plays "Everything's Gonna Be All Right" from Too Blessed To Be Stressed by Paul Thorn.]
Calvin notes that Paul Thorn is literally "the son of a preacher man" and asks him if they are still around and what they think of his music. He says, "I think in their perfect world they wish I was singing traditional gospel and being a minister and all that. I think if they had their druthers that's what I'd be. I think you'd have to ask them. I'd like to think they are proud of me and they've said that a few times. My music, I'm sure is not really their cup of tea because they are traditional gospel singers, but they seem proud of me." Calvin follows up by asking if they are glad that he's in the entertainment business instead of trying to make it as a boxer. He says, "My parents used to come to my fights and my mother would get so nervous she would break out in a red rash all over her chest and she'd almost have a heart attack. No one likes to see their kid get punched in the face."
Calvin sets up "Backslide on Friday." He says, "We can play the song about the human condition. This one's called 'Backslide On Friday.' It's a light-hearted look at how we all procrastinate on our resolutions whatever they may be."
[Calvin plays "Backslide On Fridays" from Too Blessed To Be Stressed by Paul Thorn. ]
Calvin asks Paul Thorn about what people can expect on the Sandy Beaches Cruise 21 and what his favorite part is. He says, "Well, my favorite part is that I get to bring my family. That's my favorite part, it's a personal thing. It's a cruse for about a week. Multiple musicians are on there doing shows at all times. Folks like myself, Delbert McClinton, Raul Malo and the Mavericks, Marica Ball. A who's who list of Americana artists. There's concerts going on continuously. There's a lot of friends you make. People come back year after year. The other thing is, you know, Delbert is kind of phasing out. Eventually he's going to hand it over to the next generations and I'm actually trying to take over that slot. When he decides he don't want to do it anymore, I'd like to be the ambassador of the whole thing. When people order their tickets to come on the cruise, their coming to see. Like someone running for office, I hope they'll say me. Because I would like to carry the torch forward as Delbert relaxes in the latter part of his life." Calvin asks if he'll have campaign posters and flyers and the cruise and if he'll be going door to door campaigning for the position. He says, "The thing about me that makes me different from most politicians is they'll shake your hand and kiss your baby when they're running for office, but once they get in office you can't get near them. But with me, I'll shake your hand and kiss your baby after I get in office!"
Calvin asks Paul Thorn to pick one more song. He says, "Well, why not play the track called 'Mediocrity Is King" Just to set this song up, I was thinking just the other day. I remember a time when you had to be talented to have a TV show. But now you don't. It's like that in every thing. Small town business are getting up by Wal-Mart. The government don't seem to care about us that much any more. The standard has been lowered it seems like to me and that's what this song is about, mediocrity is king."
[Calvin plays "Mediocrity Is King" from Too Blessed To Be Stressed by Paul Thorn]
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