When Paul Thorn sings “When the lord is ready, you got to move,” he’s not only sharing a bit of friendly advice, he’s also singing his life story.

Mississippi-raised and the son of a preacher, Paul is a former professional boxer with a fondness for skydiving, which is to say he’s gathered no moss. His life experiences are as varied as the deep pool of American musical traditions he draws from in his celebrated music career.

Paul’s voice oozes the blues, soul, and country, and now more than ever, he’s drawing upon the gospel influences of his youth. His latest album, Don’t Let the Devil Ride, taps the gospel vein for one of the most acclaimed albums yet.

American Blues Scene praises Paul for delivering an album that makes “the listener feel like they’ve stumbled into perhaps the South’s most exciting church service.” The review continues to praise Paul’s voice as well, “It’s not just the music. Thorn’s voice is powerful and sincere.”

Glide Magazine, meanwhile, called Don’t Let The Devil Ride “a roof-raising experience,” and praises it for its “resplendent glory.”

Swallow Hill Music is excited to present Paul Thorn in Daniels Hall on Sunday, January 5, 2020. That’s right, 2020 is now open for music.

This concert and more are on sale now. Complete details can be found below. Thank you for supporting live music in Denver with Swallow Hill!

An Evening with Junior Brown in Daniels Hall
Thursday, November 14 at 8pm; $28 advance, $30 day of show
With his unique voice, more unique song writing, and even more unique double necked “Guit-Steel” guitar, there has absolutely never been anyone quite like Junior Brown. He’s the American Original. There is a dependable consistency in Junior’s writing style (he writes nearly all his material) yet he’s always full of pleasant surprises.

DBUK in Tuft Theatre
Saturday, November 16 at 8pm; $17 advance, $19 day of show
DBUK is the four core members of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Lord Dwight Pentacost, Slim Cessna, Munly J. Munly, and Rebecca Vera. Their album Songs Nine Through Sixteen is out now.

Paul Thorn

Sensory Friendly Concert w/ Casey Cormier & Daniella Katzir
Sunday, December 8 at 1pm (Doors at 12:30); FREE
Sensory friendly concerts at Swallow Hill aim to create a welcoming space for concertgoers and their families to enjoy live music in safe and comfortable surroundings. We turn the lights up and the sound down so individuals and their families can move around, dance, and sing along in a fun, judgement free environment.

Paul Thorn in Daniels Hall
Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 7pm; $30 advance, $32 day of show
Paul Thorn has created an innovative and impressive career, pleasing crowds with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American, yet also speaking universal truths.

In 2018, Paul released an album titled Don’t Let the Devil Ride, which he describes as “the culmination of my whole life in music, coming back to my roots.” It marks his first time recording gospel music – featuring guests such as the Blind Boys of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters, and Preservation Hall Horns – and his creation of a body of strikingly original songs that address the foibles of human relationships without necessarily favoring the sacred over the profane.