Sometimes I’m a little biased in my blogs. I try NOT to be…but when it comes to the Paul Thorn Band, I can’t help myself! I met Paul, Billy, Jeffrey, Bill, Ralph and Michael back in 2010. It was their first time to play the King Biscuit Blues Festival. They’ve been back every year since, and I think it’s safe to say that they are becoming one of the favorite bands at KBBF! I love these guys.
This Friday, the Paul Thorn Band performs in Helena-West Helena again, this time at the Live on the Levee concert series. Leading off the music Friday night will be the Reba Russell Band. Tickets are $30 and a few are still available. The concert will be held at the Malco Theatre at 424 Cherry St. in historic downtown Helena. Doors open at 6 p.m. All seats are general admission. Music starts at 7 p.m.
Paul Thorn has been pleasing crowd for years with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern, yet also speaking universal truths. The Tupelo, Miss., native worked in a furniture factory, jumped out of airplanes, and was a professional boxer before sharing his experiences with the world as a singer-songwriter. The band’s latest CD, What the Hell is Goin’ On?, is a collection of covers with Thorn and the band putting their own gritty rock stamp on some of Paul’s favorite songs.
The Reba Russell Band is a modern 5-piece electric blues band featuring original songs. They have traveled the world for 20 years playing festivals in North America and Europe. The band combines experience, superlative instrumental virtuosity and the most moving female voice in the modern blues pantheon to create one of the most exciting entertainment packages to have ever come from Memphis, Tenn.
Tickets can be purchased at www.KingBiscuitFestival.com.