Paul Thorn is an American singer/songwriter who traveled down a unique road before he became a professional musician. Thorn was a boxer for a period of time, but after not winning matches, he took a job working at a furniture factory in Memphis, Tennessee. During his free time, Thorn would play open mic nights at various clubs and cafes around the Memphis region. It was at one of these events when he was discovered and offered a recording contract with A&M Records. Thorn's debut album, Hammer and Nail, was released in 1997 and although his blues tinged Americana singer/songwriter material didn't manage to entice listeners to buy his first album, as he continued to write songs and spend time on the road, honing his craft, it would take time, but Thorn would ultimately find a fairly decent fan base.