US singer-songwriter Paul Thorn’s first Australian tour, “Pimps & Preachers Down Under”, kicks off on Wednesday night in Kincumber and includes dates in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as this weekend’s Broadbeach Music Festival.
Paul Thorn reveals his fascinating personal history on his new album ‘Pimps & Preachers’, which was released earlier this month, addressing the origins of the name on the title track and in the intriguing “family portrait” he painted for the cover – which highlights his father the preacher and his uncle the pimp.
Thorn has created an innovative and impressive career, pleasing crowds with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American, yet also speaking universal truths. The Tupelo, Mississippi native worked in a furniture factory, jumped out of airplanes, and was a professional boxer (having fought in a bout against former world champion Robert Duran) before sharing his experiences with the world as a singer-songwriter.
Although new to Australia, Paul is well known in the US, having opened for artists ranging from Mark Knopfler to Sting, appeared on major US television shows Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live, received numerous US National Public Radio features, and charted on the Billboard Top 100.
Tour Dates for Paul Thorn:
Wed 19th Lizottes – Kincumber, NSW
Thu 20th Brass Monkey – Sydney, NSW (solo)
Fri 21st Broadbeach Music Festival – Broadbeach, QLD (with band)
Sat 22nd Broadbeach Music Festival – Broadbeach, QLD (with band)
Sun 23rd Northcote Social Club Melbourne (solo)
Tue 25th Hallam Hotel Melbourne (solo)
Thu 27th The Basement Sydney (solo)
Watch Paul perform an acoustic version of the album’s title track:
Paul discusses the ‘Pimps & Preachers’ album and touring as an independent artist here: