Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

My musical influences are all over the map. All the classic songwriters  Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell... Some newer ones are Ryan Adams, Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper) Blake Mills ,Johnathan Wilson. Then there are the players, David Lindley, Tony Trisca, Bela Fleck Ali Farke Toure,. The list continues on and on. As for non musical influences, well there are a bunch of visual artists like Andy Goldsworthy ,who utilize nature to create amazing works of art, or groups like Bread and Puppet who use performance and costume to express a  social agenda .

What inspires you to do what you do?

Nature has always been a huge inspiration. The simple act of story telling is somehow intertwined in my DNA. The pure joy of improvisation or creating music in general.

What was the first LP/tape/CD you bought with your own money?

When I was like 9 or 10 I used some allowance money to buy a 45 from a pop group called the Bay City Rollers. The single was called Saturday Night.

What's the most unusual place you've ever played a show or made a recording? How did the qualities of that place affect the show/recording? 

My Wife and I went down to Belize to do some scuba diving on the barrier reef. We were 50 miles off the coast on this tiny atoll, I had my resonator ukelele a sony disk man with condenser mic. There was no electricity or running water and we stayed in a little hut on stilts over the water, the waves literally splashed up through the floor boards. Sharks,eels, rays,and all kinds of exotic, aquatic life were all around us. After a day of diving and snorkeling and exploring the odd and beautiful reef, the tropical storms came in at night and blew the pots and pans off the walls. My wife cried in her sleeping bag she was so scared.... I loved it. I put the mic in a plastic bag so it would not pick up the wind so much, hit record and just improvised and wrote and sang until the batteries ran out. When I got back to Vermont I realized I had some good shit and invited some players to give one take over each piece, that was all I allowed to save the spontaneity. The result was 'The Driftwood Periodicals vol. 2'.

Oh I played a show in a miniature golf course once.... that was weird too.

What has been your most memorable moment in your music career so far?

Singing "the Weight" with Levon Helm at one of the Midnight Rambles at his home in Woodstock NY.

Can you talk about a fan encounter that completely took you by surprise?

One time I went to move a fan off my dresser and did not realize that it was on and almost took my finger off.

If you could change one thing in the musical world and it would become a reality, what would that be?

Time travel. I would like to be able to go back and see and hear what was going on before recorded music. One can only imagine!

What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?

Hmmm. lets have a look. Theres some Weird Al, but then again he is a genius..... oh no look here! that stupid U2 record that they put on here with out me knowing, I guess I never deleted that.

What does the next 6 months look like for you?

Pretty much like the last 6 months.... writing, recording ,playing shows trying to stay focused , happy, and alive. There may be a bit more traveling than normal.

What can people expect to see at your live performances?

A guy trying to find the perfect way to play a song.... I give it my all every time, but somedays are better than others. But I can garnet that you will never see me simply going through the motions or "phoning it in".

What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?

Either Talkeetna ,Alaska or Uvita ,Costa Rica. I would have to look at a map.

Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?

There have been folks who say a certain song helped them through a bad situation as well as people saying some songs are a "go to" to remind them of a special moment in there life. I guess that is another thing that keeps me doing this.

Best track you've ever written and why?

I have not written my best one yet. If I look back and try and see what my best track is it may not be so good for my journey into the future.

Bow Thayer - Sundowser

Sundowser is het nieuwe solo album van de uit Vermont komende artiest Bow Thayer. Wat opvalt is dat de twaalf nummers op het album zeer divers zijn. Toch vormen ze samen een sluitend en overtuigend geheel. Op het album horen we de zanger excelleren mede dankzij een erg sterke en hechte band.

Bijzonder is ook het feit dat het album is opgenomen in een studio die de zanger in de afgelopen twaalf jaar zelf heeft gebouwd. 

Het thema van het album is de zon en haar energie. Bedenk hierbij dan het gebruik van zonnepanelen voor de studio en de cirkel is helemaal rond.  Wat mij betreft echt een prima concept.

Sundowner is een ijzersterk album met een dito inhoud.

Mijn favoriete nummers zijn ' Burning Miles' , ' Drug Lust ' en ' Borrow a Bus' met Tracy Bonham.