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      May 7, 2020

      Thursday   8:00 PM

      8982 Quioccasin Road
      Richmond, Virginia 23229

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      Paul Thorn


      This is the culmination of my whole life in music, coming back to my gospel roots, says Paul Thorn about his newest album, Dont Let the Devil Ride. My message on this record is lets get togetherI want to help lighten your load and make you smile.The son of a preacher man, Mississippi-raised Thorn spent much of his childhood in church, participating in multiple weekly services with his father as well as at neighboring African American congregations, where he became entranced with the music whose infectious spirit is captured on the new album.Dont Let the Devil Ride collects soulful songs originally cut by black southern gospel groups, and features guests Blind Boys of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters, the Preservation Hall Jazz Horns, and Bonnie Bishop.The album was recorded at three temples of sound: the Sam C. Phillips Recording studio, whose namesake gave another son of Tupelo his start; at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, where Thorn worked as a songwriter for legendary producer Rick Hall early in his career; and at Preservation Hall, where horn players from the celebrated jazz venue lent songs a New Orleans vibe.The new release marks Thorns first time recording gospel music, after a dozen albums in roots-rock mode, though his upbringing has previously been reflected in his creation of a body of strikingly original songs. In his own songwriting, Thorn often addresses the foibles of human relationships, although he doesnt favor the sacred over the profane.

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