Bow Thayer | The Driftwood Periodicals, Volume 1

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The Driftwood Periodicals, Volume 1

by Bow Thayer

Arlo Gutherie meets Jim Croce? A genetic splicing of Jerry Garcia and Gram Parsons? The next Johnny Cash? Deep-root americana. Not-quite-folk, not-quite-rock, not-quite-bluegrass. Just freakin' good.
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1. Get Lost Again
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2. Paradise In The Rough
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3. Sometimes A Hat Trick
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4. Must Have Been A Rainbow
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5. Swimming Hole
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6. Sweet Combustion
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7. Chateaugay
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8. We've All Been Beat Up Enough
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9. Libby Digs It
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10. Windsor County Wind
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Album Notes
"Every song deserves to be an instant classic." - Pamela Polston, Editor, Seven Days Vermont.

"Songs that fit the way you feel when driving home from a long day at work, hanging out on the front porch with a cold beer and good company, mowing the lawn, or holding your newborn baby for the first time. " - Mike Schaefer, columnist, Stowe Reporter.

Not defying comparisons to Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Graham Parsons, and showing the battle scars of a personal musical journey from punk to reggae, delta blues to bluegrass, Bow Thayer's not-quite-folk, not-quite-rock, not-quite-bluegrass tunes teem with vivid lyrics that find a connection in everyone's soul.


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jack tavaris

Bob Dylan?
if you ever listened to a Dylan rift and enjoyed it you'll like this

Stowe Reporter

This is not "O'Brother where art thou?" music.
Thayer doesn't just write rootsy Americana songs about working hard, losing love, and adjusting to dropping out of big city society, he writes about being home. That's meant as a state of mind, not just a location.

He writes the songs that fit the way you feel when driving home from a long day at work, hanging out on the front porch with a cold beer and good company, mowing the lawn, or holding your newborn baby for the first time. His poetic approach to songwriting allows him to fully incorporate real feelings in every word and lyric.

Song by song, Thayer introduces a warm, new feeling to deal with. But he doesn't put the weight of the world's shoulders on the listeners; rather he tells them, "It's all right. I'm with you, brother."

On "Paradise in the Rough," which potentially could launch his career as the next Johnny Cash, the refrain travels through what it means to be a Vermonter: "'Down here, we fit in with the Conifers/ Now where the River runs through our blood/ God knows we're connoisseurs of canned food/Down here, it's paradise in the rough."

Seven Days - Vermont

Nearly every tune deserves to be an instant classic.
Fans of the twisted bluegrass outfit The Benders or hick-rockers Elbow no doubt already adore guitarist/vocalist Bow Thayer and will be happy as clams to know he’s got a new solo recording. The Driftwood Periodicals, Volume 1 won’t disappoint. Released on the new indie-Americana label Crooked Root in Stockbridge, Vermont, Driftwood is a pleasant batch of gentle, melodic, cleverly rhymed acoustic
folk. Thayer’s voice suggests a genetic splicing of Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan and Gram Parsons, and his picking on guitar, banjo and mandolin is adept. The songwriting is mature, thoughtful and full of images from nature. Thayer sounds comfortable with himself and woodsy Vermont, less so with the rest of this big ol’ messed-up world. Retro influences abound, but he makes these songs his own, because they are. The 10 originals serve up jaunty, melancholic or simply pretty feels. From the lovely “Paradise in the Rough” to the Dead-like “Chateaugay” to the nimble instrumental excursion
“Libby Digs It,” nearly every tune deserves to be an instant classic.

No Depression magazine

...a riveting, eclectic collection of melodically rich, lyrically engaging tunes
The Driftwood Periodicals, Volume 1, Thayer’s first solo release (on the heels of a couple of records with The Benders), is a riveting, eclectic collection of melodically rich, lyrically engaging tunes about pastoral bliss, relationships gone south, growing up, and moving on.
“Get Lost Again”, with its breezy, upbeat, back-porch groove, teems with cast-your-fate-to-the-wind optimism. “Paradise In The Rough”, by contrast, chronicles the loneliness of a restless soul who, among other unfortunate circumstances, can’t seem to connect with the woman he loves; “Blowing kisses in a twister, only leads to blisters on a calloused heart,” the drifter regrettably admits.
On “We’ve All Been Beat Up Enough”, Thayer – with a convincing, emotionally charged Gram Parsons-like vocal delivery – sounds more like a hopeful cynic than a whiny sermonizer when he tackles environmental and social issues. As a musician, Thayer’s fluid playing is in fine form on “Libby Digs It”, a freewheeling, Appalachian-textured instrumental track on which he plays lead and rhythm guitars as well as banjo, bass, and percussion.