Paul Thorn performing "Everything's Going to Be Alright."

Paul Thorn to Perform September 30 at OU Lancaster

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The Covered Bridge Music Series is pleased to present a live music performance by Paul Thorn starting at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30 at Ohio University Lancaster. This will be an outdoor show on the Covered Bridge stage. All seating is general admission. There will be a cash bar. Non-alcoholic beverages and food provided by the Burrito Buggy and Bobcat Bistro will also be available for purchase. Gates open at 6 p.m. with opening act, Apple and the Moon at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available for $25 at Tickets for Children 17 & Under are $10. Admission for Ohio University students is free with a valid, current OHIO (student) ID. All seating is General Admission.

Paul Thorn’s new album Too Blessed To Be Stressed stakes out new territory for the popular roots-rock songwriter and performer.

“In the past, I’ve told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life,” the former prizefighter and literal son of a preacher man offers. “This time, I’ve written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I’ve done it with a purpose: to make people feel good.”

Which explains numbers like the acoustic-electric charmer “Don’t Let Nobody Rob You Of Your Joy,” where Thorn’s warm peaches-and-molasses singing dispenses advice on avoiding the pitfalls of life. The title track borrows its tag from a familiar saying among the members of the African-American Baptist churches Thorn frequented in his childhood. “I’d ask, ‘How you doin’, sister?’ And what I’d often hear back was, ‘I’m too blessed to be stressed.'” In the hands of Thorn and his faithful band, who’ve been together 20 years, the tune applies its own funky balm, interlacing a percolating drum and keyboard rhythm with the slinky guitar lines beneath his playful banter.

The Covered Bridge Music Series is a joint venture between Ohio University Lancaster Campus and The Lancaster Festival. The purpose of the partnership is to showcase fresh and relevant musical talent providing discovery and enjoyment for the campus and Fairfield County communities and the region. The concerts generally take place twice a year (spring and fall) on the Lancaster Campus of Ohio University.