Paul Thorn is an Americana singer-songwriter from Mississippi. His music is a mix of blues, country, rock, and Americana. He has been active in music since 1997. Before that, he was a professional boxer with a pretty decent record of fourteen wins and four losses. Additionally, his music sound and style are unmistakable. Fortunately, his soulful voice and bluesy guitar playing style make his songs instantly recognizable. Finally, in this article, we will take a look at 10 of the best Paul Thorn songs of all time.
10. I don’t like half the Folks I Love
This song is about the complicated relationships we have with the people in our lives. We may not always see eye to eye with them, but we still care about them deeply. This is one of the best performing tracks in the album Pimps and Preachers. It did well reaching number 18 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart. According to Open Spotify, the song has also been used as a soundtrack in several movies and TV shows like The World’s End and Friday Night Lights. It is a song many people can relate to especially when it comes to family. However, you may not always get along with the people you love, but that doesn’t mean you don’t care about them. This song speaks to that feeling and does it in a way that is both relatable and catchy.
9. Snake Farm
Snake Farm is a song about a man who loves a girl by the name of Ramona. The weird thing is that the girl works on a snake farm and when they break up, she misses him and even listens to their favorite songs while she’s taking care of the snakes. It displays perfectly how even the oddest couples can find common ground and love each other. This song was written by Paul Thorn and was released in the year 2012. This song has been used in several films and TV shows like American Reunion and The Mentalist.
8. Pimps and Preachers
Pimps and Preachers is a song about two people close to people who lead separate lives one worshiping god and the other one being Satan’s Angel. Paul Thorn uses both of these characters to show how even though their lives are different, they still can work together and succeed in the end. This is one of Thorn’s most popular songs and is a great example of his story-telling ability. This song did well and reached number four on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. This song is unique because it tells two separate stories that eventually converge into one. It has been used as a soundtrack in several movies and TV shows such as Sons of Anarchy and Friday Night Lights.
7. Bull Mountain Bridge
Released in the year 2012, Bull Mountain Bridge is one of the top tracks in the album What The Hell Is Goin On? This song is about a man by the name of Stone Fox Dan who was a bully and never followed the law. When he was caught with the wife of a prominent person, he was sentenced to death. Thorn tells the story of how Dan was killed while trying to escape and how his body was left on Bull Mountain Bridge. This song has a moral lesson which is to never underestimate the law. This song reached number seven on the Americana Music Association radio chart. It has been used as a soundtrack in films and movies like Rectify and Hell or High Water.
6. Rose City
Rose City is a song about Thorn’s hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi. It is a tribute to the city and its people. It was released in the year 2016 as the lead track in the album Rose City. This song reached number thirteen on the Americana radio chart. It has been used as a soundtrack in several films & TV shows like The Americans and Queen Sugar.
5. Old Stray Dogs & Jesus
Old Stray Dogs & Jesus is a song about a person who lost his best friend and all he has left is Jesus and some dogs that loiter around. He explains his pain and how he is trying to cope with the loneliness. According to Music Apple, this song has made its way in the film and movie industry being used as a soundtrack in several of them like The Apostle and Sling Blade. Finally, it did well reaching number two on the Americana radio chart. The message is clear that even when we lose somebody close to us, we always have Jesus by our side. However, it was released in 2014 and is one of the leading tracks in the album Too Blessed to Be Stressed.
4. What the Hell is Goin’ On?
This is a song about the crazy things that happen in this world and how Paul Thorn feels about them. All that he sees in the mainstream media is crazy activities that people do and all that happens on daily basis. He is just wondering what the hell is going on. This song was released in the year 2012 as the lead track in the album What The Hell Is Goin On? It reached number 24 in the Americana radio chart. Finally, it has been used as a soundtrack in the movie The Campaign and also in an episode of the TV show Justified.
3. Long Way from Tupelo
Released in 2008, this song is one of the top tracks in the album Long Way from Tupelo. This song is about Paul Thorn’s humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi. He talks about how he was raised by a single mother and how his father wasn’t around much. Despite the challenges he faced, he made it out of Tupelo and is now a successful musician. This song is an inspiration to anyone who is from a small town and has big dreams. Finally, this song reached number eight on the Americana Music Chart and has featured as a soundtrack in several movies and TV shows like Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.
2. Mission Temple Fireworks Stand
Regarded as Thorn’s greatest song, Mission Temple Fireworks Stand is a song about loss, hope, and redemption. It is a song about a black man who walks with a bible in his hand and a gun in his pocket. Fortunately, he is a man who has been to jail and has seen the worst of life. But, through it all, he has held on to his faith.
According to All Music, it is about a man who is trying to find his way in the world, and it is one of the most beautiful and powerful songs that Paul Thorn has ever written. The song is number two on the Americana radio charts and has a Grammy nomination. It is on the soundtrack for several films & TV shows like Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead, and Sons of Anarchy. Finally, this song is from the year 2002 as the lead track in the album Mission Temple Fireworks Stand.
1. Burn Down the Trailer Track
Burn Down the Trailer Track is a song about, well, burning down a trailer track. It’s a song about how sometimes the only way to move on from your past is to destroy it. Finally, it is the lead single in the album Aint Love Strange. This song is number 17 on the Billboard Country chart. However, it is in several movies and TV shows like Friday Night Lights and The Dukes of Hazard.