Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck release 'Bottom of the Sky' + tour

Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck to release Bottom of the Sky on November 16th

Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck

Emerging from the dense forests of Vermont, Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck are set to release their sophomore album, Bottom of the Sky, on November 16, 2010.

Recorded in the studio of longtime collaborator and friend, Levon Helm (drummer of The Band, and legendary solo artist), Bottom of the Sky showcases the band's seamless melding of alt-folk, rock, and bluegrass, making for an easy comparison to Blitzen Trapper, the Drive-by Truckers, and the Felice Brothers.

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Featured tracks on Bottom of the Sky include the uplifting and mellifluous "Dawning" and the heartwarming yet not-too-sugary love song, "Epitome".

For Bottom of the Sky, Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck worked alongside Justin Guip (Engineer on Levon's Grammy-winning albums, Dirt Farmer and Electric Dirt) for a second time, to recreate the magic he helped capture on the band's 2008 self-titled debut. The new album showcases Bow's recent exploration of his beloved Deering electric banjo and effects boxes to create tones unlike any other.

While the exact date of Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck's conception is up for debate, the group did bud from former band, Elbow, a trio of Boston musicians that drew inspiration from the delta blues. Although Elbow disbanded in the early 2000s, member Bow Thayer went on to record numerous solo albums, one of which features Levon Helm on drums and Morphine's Dana Colley on sax, while bassist Jeremy Curtis hit the road playing with the likes of Booker T and Howie Day.

After their adventures concluded, Bow and Jeremy found their way back to one another and continued to jam, adding Jeff Berlin on drums, Chris McGandy on steel guitar, and James Rohr on the keys, forming what is now known as the Perfect Trainwreck.


Currently via its official website, Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck are debuting one song off of Bottom of the Sky each week for a mere $0.79. Once the final song on the album has been posted, the price of each song will raise to $0.99 with the physical CD and vinyl becoming available on November 16th.

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Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck are presently playing a string of Northeastern dates in anticipation of the new album. See below for listings, but also keep your eyes and ears open for more information regarding a full tour in support of Bottom of the Sky!

Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck 2010 tour dates:

(Dates and information subject to change.)

October 2010

10/31 Cambridge, MA @ Atwood’s Tavern

November 2010

11/13 Lebanon, NH @ Lebanon Opera House (Local Legends 2010)
11/20 White River Junction, VT @ Tupelo Music Hall (Album Release Show!)

December 2010

12/4 Northhampton, MA @ The Basement

"A highly spontaneous and diverse set that blends elements of folk-rock and bluegrass anchored by a big drum and bass sound in a manner that recalls, in some respects, The Band’s more acoustic songs". - Radio Free Americana

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One Response to Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck release 'Bottom of the Sky' + tour

  1. Mike Dann says:

    It is a long time coming that Bow Thayer is getting the attention that his catalog deserves. This independent artist and his sick backing band Perfect Trainwreck are the real deal. His back catalog is simply amazing not just singles but full albums. This new album is going to break this band wide open. People will now find his past cds and wonder how it has taken so long to be a household name.

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