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Paul Thorn plays Sunday at St. Joseph's Cultural Center.
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Singer-songwriter guitarist Paul Thorn discovered his musical avocation at age 3, shaking a tambourine and singing at revivals with his father. Thorn didn’t follow up with a music career until decades later.

In between, he discovered a new passion – boxing – and turned professional.

His boxing highlight was in 1987, when he lost to four-time champion Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran in Atlantic City in a nationally televised match.



After his boxing career, Thorn worked in a furniture factory by day and played music by night.

The Tupelo, Miss., musician didn’t get his “break” until a representative of legendary manager Miles Copeland (the Police, Sting) saw him perform at a Tupelo pizza joint.




Thorn made his first record, “Hammer and Nail,” for A&M Records, then moved to Miles Copeland’s boutique label Ark 21 for “Ain’t Love Strange?”

He’s appeared with Sting, Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, John Hiatt, Richard Thompson, Robert Cray, Marianne Faithfull and John Prine; and toured on his own in the United States, Canada and England.

Thorn’s originals are about heartache and everyday life. Jon Bon Jovi, Timothy B. Schmidt (of the Eagles), Kim Richey and Carole King have co-written songs with him.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Paul Thorn in concert

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 South Church St., Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $10 in advance at Yabobo and BriarPatch and $12 at the door.

INFORMATION: 272-4725


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