Bow Thayer gets gritty on newest solo offering ‘Sundowser’

Bow Thayer (self-released)
3.5 stars out of 5

As a solo performer and as frontman for Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck, Vermont musician Bow Thayer can always be counted on to deliver the goods. My favorite album of his is 2010’s “Bottom of the Sky” with Perfect Trainwreck, but latest solo effort “Sundowser” is another winner.

Bow CDThe new record is a grittier affair that finds Thayer, who impressed the last couple times out with his electric banjo playing, debuting the Bojotar. It’s an instrument of his own invention that incorporates elements of banjo, resonator guitar and electric guitar — and Thayer wields it mercilessly.

Among the highlights of the 12-track, 57-minute set are “Burning Miles,” “So We Build,” “The Funeral Crasher,” the driving “Horus,” “Downtrodder,” “Guild Talking” and “Borrow a Bus.” I’m hopeful for another Perfect Trainwreck record at some point, but Thayer’s solo career is going pretty darn well in the meantime. (Jeffrey Sisk)


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