Show Number: 1314
Air Dates: April 3, 2013 - April 9, 2013
E-Chievement Award: Carol Hofgartner
This week eTown hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome two world-class artists, Marcia Ball and Paul Thorn for an episode steeped in the musical traditions of the American south, and lots of great conversation to go with it. Ball’s piano playing, singing and songwriting have earned her a worldwide reputation for igniting a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls on stage. Also with us is eTown newcomer Paul Thorn. Thorn’s muscular brand of roots music speaks universal truths. His last album, Pimps & Preachers, perfectly exemplified the vivid scope of his songwriting but also his family background; while his father is a Church of God Pentecostal minster, his uncle (his father’s brother) spent time as a pimp. Thorn was influenced by both of these men, and you’ll hear it in his music! All of this, plus an inspiring E-Chievement Award story is happening this week, in eTown!