• "Diehard fans of Bow Thayer will find 'A Better Version of the Truth' an enigmatic work. Is this a one-off venture into experimental rock music or the new direction he follows? For those unfamiliar with Thayer, but fans of experimentation, this album should be high on the list of music you want to purchase." - Rutland Herald
  •  "It's like a Southern-fried Pink Floyd anthem, a rock opera that never needs to lean through the fourth wall and club you with a concept. Which makes it the perfect namesake for this cinematic ride of an album." - Seven Days


  • "The Source and the Servant is a tribute project, for sure, but every song here very much belongs to Bow Thayer. Whatever mix of woodshed practice, crossroad deals with dapper devils and guided ayahuasca ceremony it takes to make those blues your own, Thayer passed that point many moons ago." - Seven Days​
  • ​A "king of experimentation and crossing boundaries," "Bow’s uncanny ability to pay homage while making this collection something contemporary is where the magic lies." - Red Line Roots


  • "[Sundowser] doesn’t actually sound like anyone despite some of the familiar flavors that are apparent. And therein lies the talent of Bow Thayer.  This is like progressive-Americana music." - No Depression 
  • "On Sundowser, we hear a musician who is fully in charge, writing even better music than previously" - Vermont Today 
  • "Think of a jam between Dave Matthews, Frank Zappa and The Band – with a cameo from Bela Fleck – and you almost get the effect: virtuosic complexities from a remarkable instrumentalist" - American Songwriter 
  • "[Sundowser] is nothing short of exceptionally put together from the start to finish" - Bozeman Magazine 
  • “His latest music video for his track ‘So We Build’ is a representation of Thayer himself: bold, creative, and slightly enigmatic in the best way.” - Elmore Magazine 
  • "The creative vision is stunning and he will no doubt take Americana into new sonic territory" - Americana Music Show  
  • "Sundowser brings serious depth to everything from bluegrass and psychedelic rock to folk and prog-rock." - Seven Days  


  • The Alternate Root's Top 20 Bands Pushing The Envelope and Top 100 Albums For 2013 - "Thayer writes deep, heavily textured music with complex layers both sonically and lyrically and has the band and the chops to pull it all together." - The Alternate Root 
  • “It says something special about an artist when the legendary Levon Helm plays drums on your previous recordings” - Twang Nation
  • "Crackles with energy… full of vitality and soul." - Farce The Music 
  • "[Eden] is not an album many musicians outside of Jim James would be willing to try." - Nine Bullets  
  • "Excellent all the way through... the best artist to come from New England in recent years" - American Songwriter  
  • "It’s sad that the Band is no longer, that the Grateful Dead are history. But, anyone who enjoyed the fruits of those musicians for all those decades needn't look far. There are students of that tradition with the right balance of ingredients and understanding of what those musicians had invested their time in. Bow Thayer continues, highly regarded, in that vein." - No Depression 
  •  “Bow Thayer is the epitome of the ‘songwriter’s songwriter.’” - Seven Days 
  •  “Bow Thayer is one of the Northeast's finest purveyors of Americana music.” - Seacoast Online 
  •  “The sounds Mr. Thayer wrings from his electric banjo are off the beaten path and blazing a new direction.” - Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange