Paul Thorn, a standout at last years Live Oak Festival, looks forward to returning to the 805 area. There is nothing like Paul Thorn live! His performances are one of a kind, rip roaring, feel good fun. Consider yourself lucky to experience Paul and band at the best venue in Santa Barbara, The lovely Lobero Theatre.
Paul Thorn has created an innovative and impressive career, pleasing crowds with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern all the while speaking universal truths. Paul’s work is inspirational, sometimes eccentric but always original. Paul’s creativity and character comes from being raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, among the same spirits and some of the actual folks who nurtured the young Elvis generations before. Paul has rambled down back roads, jumped out of airplanes, worked for years in a furniture factory, battled four-time world champion boxer Roberto Duran on national TV, signed with and dropped by a major label, performed on stages with Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Sting, and John Prine just to name a few and made some of the most emotionally, fully accessible music of our time. He’s appeared on Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Paul has been showcased on NPR ona number of occasions and charted multiple times on the Billboard Top 100 and Americana Radio Charts. This year Paul is proud to release “Don’t Let the Devil Ride” which he describesas “the culmination of my whole life in music, coming back to my roots.” It marks his first time recording gospel music. Featuring guests the Blind Boys of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters, and Preservation Hall Horns. All these songs are his creation of strikingly original from the gut music. www.paulthorn.com. The Bryan Titus Trio - A local Americana/bluegrass/Roots band that perform toe-tapping melodies hearkening back to a by gone era, oh so familiar melodies that make you wanna grab your gal/guy and dance around the kitchen. Bryan's songs draw heavily on time spent hiking the Appalachian Trail. The expressive, regional music he picked up in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, & Virginia are at the core of his lyrics. Bryan's rich vocal timbre has a smokey, soulful character like barrel aged whiskey, a perfect compliment to his elegantly primitive guitar playing and picking. The Trio is comprised of Bryan on vocals/guitar, Jeff Kranzler on Upright Bass & Dustin Janson on vocals/cajon. www.bryantitus.com