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JPR Live Session: Paul Thorn

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The former boxer and long-time bluesy singer-songwriter joined us from home to play a few tunes from his new album Never Too Late To Call.

Paul Thorn didn't intend to be a musician, but the strength of his original songs (which he'd been playing weekly for folks at a pizza joint) caught the attention of Miles Copeland who, at the time, was managing Sting and The Police. That connection led to a publishing deal and recording contract, which then led to an opening slot on Sting's tour, performing to crowds of over 10,000 people every night.

Thorn's new album Never Too Late To Call is his first collection of original material in almost seven years. During that time, Thorn's drinking had started spiraling to the point where his productivity was stunted. Now sober (six months as we talked), Thorn's new songs face his own demons head on, but also shed light on the importance of reaching out and reconnecting with to the circle of loved ones around you. A couple of those people, Thorn's wife and daughter, make cameos on the album.

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.