Fried chicken, cornbread, chili cheese dogs. Man, this Paul Thorn video is making me hungry. Even better, it’s making me smile — and that’s the point of “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” a highlight of the Tupelo, Mississippi, musician’s latest album, Too Blessed to Be Stressed.
“This whole record’s a bit of a departure for me because I’ve been known as a storyteller from my other albums,” Thorn told CMT Edge in August. “These are positive anthems, for lack of a better term, real sing-alongs. The choruses are very simple.”
Asked if something specific happened to shift his songwriting focus, Thorn replied, “I see a lot of hurting people. Back down in Mississippi where I live, there are a lot of people struggling and trying to get out of debt, a lot of heartache. I think people need to hear something positive to turn them back in the right direction and change things and make things happen again. I think the world needs that right now in the condition that it’s in. Maybe somebody who’s not feeling good can put this record on, and it’ll make them feel better.”
How can you not feel swell at a Paul Thorn show? Keep in mind, he came into music after a career in boxing and working in a furniture factory, so he isn’t taking his current situation for granted. He really is the kind of guy that would mingle through the crowd with a microphone. And any day that involves outdoor ping-pong and tubing in Texas would be all right with me, too.
Grab a jar of Mississippi moonshine and enjoy Paul Thorn’s “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.”