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Pimps & Preachers

Paul ThornAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Perpetual Obscurity Records
  • ASIN: B003KT3O10
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You're Not The Only One
2. Pimps & Preachers
3. Tequila Is Good For The Heart
4. Love Scar
5. Weeds In My Roses
6. Better Days Ahead
7. Ray Ann's Shoes
8. You Might Be Wrong
9. Buckskin Jones
10. I Hope I'm Doin' This Right
11. I Don't Like Half The Folks I Love
12. Nona Lisa
13. That's Life

Editorial Reviews

Among those who value originality, inspiration, eccentricity, and character as well as talent that hovers somewhere on the outskirts of genius, the story of Paul Thorn is already familiar. Now, Thorn reveals another layer of his fascinating history on the album Pimps and Preachers, addressing that subject on the title cut and in the intriguing family portrait he painted for the cover, which highlights his daddy, the preacher and his uncle the pimp.

The cover depicts a teeming street scene, at the unlikely intersection of Redemption Lane and Turn Out Blvd. two figures dominate: a pimp and a preacher, both dressed to the nines beneath broad-brimmed hats, surrounded by streetwalkers, holy rollers and onlookers all on their paths to salvation or perdition. Nearly lost in this tumult is a small boy, banging a tambourine branded with the name of Jesus but backed up against a hooker holding a fistful of greenbacks.

That little boy represents me, says Thorn. I m in the church group but my eyes are looking back to the streets where all the sin is going on. It shows me being intrigued by the broad world. That s why I made this my album cover: It describes who I am.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new Treasure from Brother Thorn June 22, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Having been a Paul Thorn fan for about five years now, I could not wait for this new music to arrive and perk up my summer. Paul sings from the heart and tells tales of his life, and my life and your life as well. The word "authentic" is much overused in today's music, but it definitely fits Paul Thorn. The title cut will linger in your consciousness for quite a while and if you have or have ever had a mother, you will swallow hard at "That's Life", with lyrics completely composed from things his mother has said to him over the years. Other favorites of mine on this new release are the catchy "I Don't Like Half the Folks I Love" and the sultry rocker "Weeds in My Roses". If you don't know who Paul Thorn is, "Pimps and Preachers" will give you a clue, and will probably make you want to find out more. I highly recommend prior releases "Long Way from Tupelo" and "So Far, So Good, Live", both also available on Amazon.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Randy
Format:Audio CD
Like most of us, Paul Thorn has always struggled with balancing the good and bad, the dark and the light, the saint and sinner side of himself. On PIMPS & PREACHERS, he finally decides that it's OK for those two sides to c0-exist. After all, he sings in the title track "I owe a debt of gratitude to pimps and preachers." He tells us in "I Hope I'm Doing This Right" that "before I go to bed I kneel and pray every night, I wonder if God's proud of me, I hope I'm doing this right." But then in "You Might Be Wrong," he cautions us that "whatever you believe, you might be wrong." And while he opines that there are "Better Days Ahead," he acknowledges that there are "Weeds In My Roses" and that sometimes you have to drink to kill the pain because "Tequila Is Good For The Heart." He tells us the story a woman with a "Love Scar," a song that contains the best lyric on the album:

"He said, 'If I could be a tear,
Rolling down your cheek,
And dying on your lips,
My life would be complete.'"

So whether he's singing about love scars, weedy roses, pimps or preachers, Paul Thorn has a lot to teach us about life and how to get out of it alive. Buy this record and you'll owe a debt of gratitude to Paul Thorn, pimp and preacher.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pimps & Preachers June 24, 2010
By Curtis
Format:Audio CD
This is now my new favorite PTB CD. A Long Way from Tupelo was pretty amazing but I think Paul and the boys have actually outdone themselves on this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Journey Through Life June 22, 2010
Format:Audio CD
The latest Paul Thorn CD is here and I'm pleased to say they have outdone themselves yet again. Pimps and Preachers is hard to label. It doesn't have the typical Paul Thorn themes. The sound is less slick than some of the previous albums...nothing feels contrived...or forced. My favorite of the studio albums from the past are Long Way from Tupelo and Mission Temple Firework Stand as complete works to let you know from where I'm approaching this. The song quality is as good as any previous work but there's just something special about this one to me. This album isn't about lifting anyone up though, in true Paul form, it's not about tearing anyone down either. They've gotten back to the story songs that paint such vivid images, you feel like it's happening to you. It's Paul and Billy's writing at its best!

The first tune is a Beatlesque driving tune; You're Not the Only One. It's a "we're in this thing together" tune setting up our journey through the CD perfectly. Musically, it just makes me happy...the best compliment I can give any musician. Dr. Love's left hand is the star of this one musically to me. I thought of Lady Madonna the first time I heard it. It's not a rip off but a beautiful homage to that wonderful style of arranging a tune to suit the lyrics perfectly. This is a sympathetic tune. It tells the story of how we all feel sorry for ourselves and that is a Universal truth. We all struggle. On this album...the struggles are going to be shared. So here we go...

The next tune is the title track. Pimps and Preachers has slick melodic bass groove provided by Doug Kahan that sets up the lessons learned. Once again we've got hard knocks to go through but we have the source of Paul's advice set up in the last tune.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real music about real life October 9, 2010
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I stumbled upon Paul Thorn while listening to him being interviewed on an NPR radio program. I enjoyed the interview, but the initial selling point for me was the song "I don't like half the folks I love" for its humorous way of pointing out that "you're not the only one" (yet another song on the album) if you really can't stand to be around folks that you're "expected" to love. They played a sample of it, and I KNEW I just had to have this album. I bought the MP3 album, and NOW I'm a Paul Thorn fan. This album really digs down into the real life struggles that people usually don't know how to (or are afraid to) articulate -- struggles with sin (or good vs evil), doubts, struggles of not wanting to do what you know you're supposed to do, living with the aftermath of making bad choices, anger, disappointment, hope, love.... It's just REAL, and anyone who is truly honest with themselves will find at least one song on this album that they can relate to. This was my first Paul Thorn album purchase and it certainly won't be my last!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures real people!
Love Thorn's music, what a fabulous group of musicians!
Published 9 days ago by Mary Livingston
5.0 out of 5 stars but I'm glad he's not
Paul Thorn should be selling out big stadiums, but I'm glad he's not. He's best live in a smaller venue, and this album captures some of the personal vibe that makes Paul Thorn... Read more
Published 19 days ago by E. Monteith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of his best.
Published 20 days ago by speechman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Tunes
I like the words and music. He is a real down to earth type singer/songwriter. Good blues and Americano style.
Published 1 month ago by E. Brandt
5.0 out of 5 stars Music fuels my soul!
I'm a broken record when it comes to writing reviews about Paul Thorn! I mean, really??? This album is titled Pims and Preachers! Who, but Paul Thorn, can get away with that :)
Published 3 months ago by Kathy Ragan
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Thorn
Love his music , and ordered this also for my daughter, His style is different and earthy and fun to sing with.
Published 5 months ago by J. Mchugh
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Snake Farm
Great CD from Paul and his crew, love Snake Farm and the rest of the tunes are good too. Looking forward to some more work down the road to follow this wonderful CD, if you like... Read more
Published 5 months ago by PM Blues
5.0 out of 5 stars PAUL THORN, OMG!!!
Not a bad song on this album, awesome voice, great lyrics, he nails it with "I Don't Like Half The Folks I Love" !!!
Published 7 months ago by Glenda H
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD.
This is in the top of my favorites for Paul Thorn. I love the story's he tells in his music. Cant get enough!
Published 14 months ago by Witchy1FromKy
5.0 out of 5 stars nice upbringing
paul's stuff is always autobiographical and confessional. this cd is more of what he's best at. get all you can.
Published 15 months ago by billy hayden
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