Mission Temple Fireworks Revival presents

Paul Thorn and The Blind Boys of Alabama

With The McCrary Sisters

Friday, April 27
7:00PM doors / 8:00PM show
All Ages
  • Price$30

Paul Thorn & Band

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. Among those who value originality, inspiration, eccentricity and character – as well as talent that hovers somewhere on the outskirts of genius, the story of Paul Thorn is already familiar. Raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, among the same spirits (and some of the actual people) who nurtured the young Elvis generations before, Paul Thorn has rambled down back roads and jumped out of airplanes, worked for years in a furniture factory, battled four-time world champion boxer Roberto Duran on national television, signed with and been dropped by a major label, performed on stages with Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Sting, and John Prine among many others, and made some of the most emotionally restless yet fully accessible music of our time. He’s also appeared on major television shows such as Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live, been the subject of numerous National Public Radio (NPR) features and charted multiple times on the Billboard Top 100 and Americana Radio Charts. paulthorn.com

The Blind Boys Of Alabama

The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy® Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years. The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. They have appeared on recordings with many artists, including Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Ben Harper, Patty Griffin and Taj Mahal. The Blind Boys of Alabama have appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The Grammy® Awards, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and many other television shows. Blindboys.com

The McCrary Sisters

For the McCrary Sisters (Ann, Deborah, Regina and Alfreda), the daughters of the late Rev. Samuel McCrary – one of the original members of the legendary gospel quartet The Fairfield Four - music is a birthright, a lifelong love affair, a sometimes career, an indescribable joy, and occasionally, a cross to bear. The McCrary’s home was filled with music as they grew up, whether it was the Fairfield Four or frequent guests that included gospel greats like Shirley Caesar and James Cleveland. The sisters have released three studio albums; their most recent is a live album. The McCrarys have also been part of numerous all-star “house bands” on broadcast shows including Americana Music Honors & Awards, PBS Salute to Troops at the White House, Grammy Legends, CMT Festival and CMA Awards. www.McCrarySisters.com