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Listen: Paul Thorn on Mountain Stage


Tupelo, Mississippi born songwriter Paul Thorn has appeared on Mountain Stage nine times since 1997, each time charming the audience with his trademark humor, wit and introspection. During his appearance in November 2017, he brought extra reinforcements as he presented his Mission Temple Fireworks Revival, featuring renowned family gospel singers The McCrary Sisters.

The band takes its name from this week’s Song of the Week, the outrageous Thorn and Billy Maddox composition “Mission Temple Fireworks Stand”- about a man of faith who sells “Cherry bombs for Jesus in a tent beside the road.”

Paul’s most recent release, “Don’t Let The Devil Ride,” was released this past March. 

You’ll hear the entire set from Paul Thorn’s Mission Temple Fireworks Revival on this week’s encore broadcast across 240+ public radio stations, plus performances by North Mississippi Allstars, Bonnie Bishop, Ireland’s Declan O’Rourke as well as a special appearance by WV Storyteller Bil Lepp.


Credit Brian Blauser/ Mountain Stage
Paul Thorn live on Mountain Stage.

Find a station in your area to find out where to listen, and be sure to follow Mountain Stage on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a peek behind the scenes.