FAME Review: Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck - Bottom of the Sky
Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck - Bottom of the Sky

Bottom of the Sky

Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck

Available from Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck's online store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This is one of those discs that just doesn't want to be stuffed into a category box with a label and branded for life; it is, in cowboy parlance, a slick or maverick. There is Rock and Roll, Blues, Bluegrass, and Folk; it might be a candidate to fall into those ubiquitous all-inclusive genres now titled alt-country, or is it alt-folk, maybe even alt-rock. You have at times some superb electric guitar playing over a banjo (sometimes it is an electric banjo), other times the banjo is the lead instrument, with drums, keyboards, and electric bass. This disc like the band's first effort was recorded at Levon Helm's studio with his engineer Justin Guip at the helm.

The group is comprised of Bow Thayer on banjos, guitars, mandolin and lead vocals; Jeremy Curtis on bass and vocals; James Rohr handles piano, organ, and keyboards; Jeff Berlin on drums and percussion; and Curtis McCandy on pedal steel. All the songs are written by Mr. Thayer and his ability as a storyteller is obvious, and also reflect his fascination of combining all these genres of music to form a seamless whole. Where else are you going to get the old timey feel of Good Time To Holler and the bluesy rock of Buffalo Joe, in the same vicinity with the bluegrass tune Dark Light, and no song sounds as if it fell off one disc unto a passing one. The sounds Mr. Thayer wrings from his electric banjo are off the beaten path and blazing a new direction. A very interesting disc that holds a bright candle for the future of this group.

Track List:

  • Buffalo Joe
  • Epitome
  • Dark Ligh
  • Dawning
  • Good Time To Holler
  • Gilead's Roses
  • Suicide Kings
  • Bottom Of The Sky
  • Catskill Stone
  • Lying Awake
  • Slow Blossom
  • Your Heart Is Not Your First Car

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2010, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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