Bow Thayer has been singing and writing songs for as long as he can remember. Making music is who he is. He has lived up to his “reputation as a sublimely gifted artist” by pursuing a creative vision that seeks to lead Americana music into the future. Finally gaining national recognition, American Songwriter says this “onetime Levon Helm compatriot is the best artist to come from New England in recent years.”
Bow made a name for himself in Boston with 7 League Boots, a rock/reggae band that shared the stage with the likes of Fugazi, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Pearl Jam. Fifteen years ago he made a life-altering decision to leave the city for the Green Mountains of Vermont. It was there that he explored the Delta blues playing slide guitar for the original Elbow and began a relationship with the banjo—both in the bluegrass group, The Benders, and on his own—that continues to this day.
Bow Thayer’s most recent studio recording, “Eden”, written almost entirely on a five-string electric banjo and co-produced by Grammy Award-winning engineer Justin Guip, was released last year to widespread critical acclaim. Described by one reviewer as “not an album many people outside of Jim James would be willing to try”, “Eden” is an observation of society’s self-inflicted wounds. Despite lyrical themes detailing man’s degradation of the planet, Eden provides listeners with hope for the future. On Earth Day 2014, Bow released his first live album, “Eden – Live at The Chandler”, that also marked his final release with Perfect Trainwreck who have been at his side for the last three records.
Bow is moving forward with his longtime drummer, Jeff Berlin, and a new cast of musicians as he explores the creative potential of his self-designed stringed instrument the “Bojo-tar”, thay he hopes to bring into production with Eastwood Guitars in the near future. Having played with such music luminaries as Levon Helm, John Hiatt, Booker T, and Ringo Starr, Bow has seen his fair share of travel across these United States of America and the World at large and plans to do more while supporting his records that feature his tales, truths and fantasies about the human condition.
Bow has been known to throw one hell of a party, too. Maybe you have heard of Tweed River Music Festival? Bow and his band of brothers devote their lives to spreading music wherever they go and hope you have the chance to catch an earful.
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