This work was recorded at Seattle's AVast! Studios by Kevin Suggs. Band members for this work include: Thornton Bowman, acoustic guitar, banjo, singing; MJ Bishop, mandolin, kazoo, percussion, singing; Don Miller, electric and acoustic slide guitar, singing; Mark Drake, drums, cowbell, singing; Walter Harley, upright and electric bass, harmonica, singing.
Victory Review wrote this about the CD Whiskey:
If you've ever hung out at honky tonks in a small western town watching locals two step and swing to music accented by clinking glasses, then you have experienced Thornton Creek. And if you listen only for the "feel," you might miss something important: the intriguing lyrics of Thornton Bowman. While playful at times to fit the instrumental mood of the song, there is nothing ordinary about these lyrics. In "Leavin' it Alone," Bowman moves from "at the top of my voice, there was silence - nothing but words piled at my feet" to, "at the bottom of silence truth is stirring - sounds like noise if you let it shout," capturing in an original way the feel of the aloneness that comes not from solitude but from choices made and loves lost. Several of the tunes are gospel edged, musically, but again, there is a twist in the lyrics that reveals a wry mind and a well-traveled soul. In "By and By," Bowman presents a dialogue between the conductor of a train bound for the hereafter and a preacher from the here and now. Sometimes the promises made in funereal moments can engender bold questions, as is done here with skill by Bowman. No easy answers here. Musically, this is a fun-filled album, but take a moment to sit with the lyric sheet to appreciate the craft and the wry view of songwriter Thornton Bowman.
Char Seawell, Victory Review, October 2006
Where are you, and where are you from?
Based in Seattle, Washington. Thornton is from Virginia. MJ came from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Mark, Steve and Don are from Seattle.