Held in Challis, Idaho in August, the Braun Brothers Reunion is three days of music featuring esteemed artists from the Texas, Americana, and Red Dirt music communities. This year, the BBR will be held from August 11-13th and will feature sixteen plus artists, including Paul Thorn, who after almost twenty years, continues to expand his fan base with his personal storytelling and engaging live performances. Thorn kindly took the time to call from the road to talk about playing the festival, the importance of family and more.
In a few weeks, you will be headed to Idaho to play the Braun Brothers Reunion. With so many festivals and a packed touring schedule, what made you want to take part?
I met the Reckless Kelly guys and got to know them over the last of couple years; I like what they do and they like what I do, simple as that. I’m really glad that they invited me and I am very much looking forward to playing their festival for the first time, seeing everyone and making new friends.
You play the last day of the BBR. Will you be able to come early and maybe take in other artists?
It’s always busy going from one place to the next, so I think we’ll do our show and hang out a little bit. I enjoy listening to other people play, but when you’re at festivals you’re so busy trying to put your performance together that you usually don’t get to see anyone else, but when we do, it’s a treat.
I’ve seen you perform in smaller settings around New York - you’re so engaging and are really able to connect with an audience. Many artists say that there's often a difference between smaller shows and festivals, so, do you find that it is easy to make that connection in a larger setting?
Well, I’m able to carry it over anywhere I can get people to listen. If they’ll listen I can pretty much have a conversation and a moment with them, but sometimes when you go on stage people are talking and just aren’t interested. If that ever happens you just have to try and barrel through it because you know you can’t always get their attention every single time...but most of the time we do.