CD of the Month
11:54 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Paul Thorn - "What the Hell is Goin' On?"

The CD of the Month for May is Paul Thorn's "What The Hell is Goin' On?"

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On his new album, Thorn tries something fun and different: covering songs he loves by other songwriters

Photo of What The Hell Is Going On CD cover. Click for more info.Paul Thorn took an unexpected detour on the road to recording a follow-up to his most successful release, 2010's Pimps and Preachers. After writing many discs of semi-autobiographical tunes that have drawn comparisons to John Hiatt and John Prine, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter - hailed as the "Mark Twain of Americana" - decided to do an album of covers. "I wanted to take a break from myself," he reveals, "do something different, and just have fun."

The collection, entitled What The Hell Is Goin' On? (due May 8th on Perpetual Obscurity/Thirty Tigers) finds Thorn putting his own gritty rock stamp on some of his favorite songs. There are some names familiar to Americana fans (Buddy Miller, Ray Wylie Hubbard), some lesser-known (Foy Vance, Wild Bill Emerson) and some surprises. The Buckingham/Nicks tune Don't Let Me Down Again originated on that duo's debut, not during the Fleetwood Mac era, while the Paul Rogers/Free song that Thorn chose to cover is an obscure one, Walk In My Shadow.

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TRACK LISTING

1.  Don't Let Me Down Again
2.  Snake Farm
3.  Shelter Me Lord
4.  Shed A Little Light
5.  What The Hell Is Goin' On
6.  Small Town Talk
7.  Walk In My Shadow
8.  Wrong Number
9.  Bull Mountain Bridge
10. Jukin'
11. She's Got A Crush On Me
12. Take My Love With You

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