Bow Thayer got his first guitar when he was 12 as a Christmas gift from his
grandmother. He wrote his first song that same year, inspired by Gordon
Lightfoot\'s \"The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald.\"
Bow\'s subsequent musical career spans two decades and a half-dozen or
so genres, from punk rock to bluegrass. He has been the focal point
of several highly acclaimed bands, including 7 League Boots, Still Home, Elbow, Jethro, Bow Thayer. His latest recognition has come from fronting both The Benders, featured in No Depression Magazinefor their \"bending of genres, mixing old time string-band and bluegrass sounds with their rock background,\" and Bow Thayer and the Euphorians, whose CD entitled
Somewhereville was nominated for \"Best Roots Rock Act\" by the Boston Music
In the Spring of April 2003, Bow\'s hands strumming a banjo graced the cover of the Boston Globe\'s Sunday magazine, as the centerpiece for a story on \"Southern Sounds Find Their Way North.\" This is a bit of a misnomer -- Bow considers his music neither bluegrass, country or Southern rock. In the tradition of his many influences, like The Grateful Dead, Gillian Welsh, JohnPrine, Lowell George, the Beatles and The Band, it is timeless, and as he explains: \"just what comes out.\"
Bow lives in Vermont with his son Rye and his girlfriend Lori. He has just
released a new CD, entitled The Driftwood Periodicals Volume 1, which was
inspired by life in the Green Mountains.
\"I\'ve always been very influenced by my environment, and The Driftwood
Periodicals are like a musical portrait of Vermont,\" Bow said of the upcoming
release, \"in the same way Still Home was a musical rendering of the desert in
which I was living.\"
Bow has other CDs: Maintenance For Mood Swings and The Driftwood Periodicals Volume 1, are his previous two on the Stockbridge, Vermont indie label, Crooked Root Records.