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Hammer & Nail


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Paul Thorn has been pleasing crowds for years with his muscular brand of roots music - bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern, yet also speaking universal truths. The Tupelo, Mississippi native took an unexpected detour on the road to recording his latest album. After writing many discs of semi-autobiographical tunes, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter - hailed as the "Mark Twain ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Thorn Store

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  • Audio CD (June 17, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music & VI
  • ASIN: B000002GO9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Heart With 4 Wheel Drive
2. 800 Pound Jesus
3. I Bet He Knows
4. Double Wide Paradise
5. Sure Sign
6. Every Little Bit Hurts
7. A Heart Like Mine
8. Temporarily Forever Mine
9. Hammer & Nail
10. Resurrection Day

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His tunes are catchy and his lyrics well written.
"carlton_beasby"
Buy any cd and give it a try, got buddies of mine listening to this after coming back for the show.
Sean
Nothing I can write here will convince you . . . but, his music will.
Charlie Roberts

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album from Paul when he supported Jools Holland in Bournemouth, UK a couple of years ago. He performed with support from just one other guitarist to an audience who had never heard of him, and were waiting for the main act. Using a combination of wit and great songs, by his third number he had the audience eating out of his hand. This album is every bit as good as that performance, and is a gem. Just where is Tupilo, Missisippi (sp?)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Roberts on January 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Where do I start? I first heard him on KPIG. . . been in the radio and music business all my life . . . have more than 12,000 vinyl records . . . I've "heard it all". So, it takes something very special to get my attention . . . Paul Thorn is very special. Listen to me!!! No, listen to him! Plus, I am very proud to say that he is a personal friend. Nothing I can write here will convince you . . . but, his music will.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "carlton_beasby" on February 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard of Paul Thorn, he was a support act for Jools Holland (ex of English band Squeeze) on a UK tour. And did he shine !! He played a number of tunes from Hammer And Nail, knocking spots off the headline artist, and I bought a copy.
Hammer And Nail is an album that hooks you from the first playing. And just keeps getting better every time you listen. His tunes are catchy and his lyrics well written. He conveys the emotion in his songs very well, particularly the heart ache in Temporarily Permantly Mine and humour in 800 Pound Jesus.
If you buy one album this year, buy this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Paul Thorn is one of the greatest performers to emerge in the last few years. I last saw him live with Mark Knopfler, and he thrilled the crowd. I met him afterward, and he is a truly down to Earth, friendly guy. This is one of my favorite Thorn CD's, with plenty of his usual wit, peculiar humor, and excellent musicianship present throughout.

For me the standout track on the disc is "I'd Rather Be a Hammer Than a Nail" a wry song with numerous biographical revelations about Thorn. I particularly like the passage relating to his former career as a boxer. When he tells the story of taking on Roberto Duran in the introduction to the song in concert, he makes the audience roar with laughter, which the song then thoroughly reinforces. This is a great CD from start to finish, and I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Paul Thorn deftly mixes a back country sensibility, genuine Christian faith and a wicked sense of humor on his bluesy/country album Hammer + Nail. The songs are frequently humorous (try 800 Pound Jesus and an unlisted track Joanie, the Jehovah Witness Stripper) and often passionate pleas to the woman who left him behind (Double Wide Paradise, Temporarily Forever Mine and I Bet He Knows). The songs are well crafted with simple melodies, sung with a gravelly voice peppered with fire. If you're into singers like Johnny Lang, or if you're in touch with your trailer park roots, this is an album not to be missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Paul has a wonderful gravelly voice. His ballads (I bet he knows; Every little bit hurts; Temporarily forever mine, and my personal favorite Resurrection Day have simple but beautiful lyrics.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Androo on October 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Paul Thorn's subsequent CDs have made me see this in a different light. There's no doubt he's talented, and very entertaining, but in a kind of home grown way, not a polished, produced to the hilt way. So it's weird when you go back to Hammer and Nail and hear Paul acting so serious, with high, yet not particularly nice, production values. It doesn't seem right. It seems artificial.

And yet, there are some great songs here that I can't imagine Paul Thorn could've done justice to without the upscale production on this album. So it's a bit of a conundrum. It's not that it sounds phoney, but... there's just some quality about this that I can't put my finger on that stops me being totally involved.

Best song on the album though is the stripped down 'Temporarily Forever Mine', which rises above the production. 'Sure Sign' is pretty distinctive too, and 'I Bet He Knows' is darn catchy.

Nice gravelly/smoky quality to Paul's vocals too.
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