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Bottom Dwellers Bio

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Bottom Dwellers from left to right: Ivan Sohrakoff, vocals/guitar; Robbie Thayer, vocals/guitar; Mark Eagleton, double bass; Chris Eynon, drums. Photo by Bethany Petrik. Download high resolution color (4.9MB jpg) or black and white (2.9MB jpg)

The Bottom Dwellers are a four-piece Americana band from Woodland, California. Formed in 2003, the group has three full-length albums under their belts: Twang Americana, released in 2005, Think I Need a Drink, released in 2008, and Deep on the Line, released in 2014. With original songs ranging from gritty country to sweet folk ballads, the Bottom Dwellers have a distinct Northern-Californian sound. Their broad range of songs within the Americana realm has landed them on bills with acts such as the Grammy-nominated Billy Joe Shaver, Dale Watson, and the Derailers. They have played a variety of venues such as the Palms Playhouse in Winters, the Crystal Bay Casino at Lake Tahoe, and events at Farm Fresh to You and Full Belly Organic Farms in the Capay Valley.

The Bottom Dwellers’ music is played on local independent and college radio stations, and their song “Company Truck” received national airplay on NPR’s Car Talk. In 2007, the Bottom Dwellers were awarded the Reader’s Choice Award for Outstanding Country/Bluegrass Band at the Sacramento Area Music Awards (Sammies).

Band Members


Performance History

The Bottom Dwellers play their own compositions at local events, farms, celebrations, and venues. The Bottom Dwellers’ Americana music is well-liked by large crowds, such as the City of Davis Fourth of July Celebration, yet fits well in small-concert setting like the Palms Playhouse in Winters, CA. The past year shows a variety of performances, from professional settings like the Yolo County Farm Bureau 100-year Anniversary Celebration with local celebrities and state senators present, to family restaurants and local breweries with blue-collar, ethnically diverse clientele. The Bottom Dwellers pride themselves on their music, punctuality and professionalism. Below is a select list of recent performances:

  1. 11/15/14 Berryessa Brewing Company, Winters, CA
  2. 10/04/14 Woodland Tree Foundation Fundraiser Event, Woodland, CA
  3. 09/26/14 Davis Dirt Event, Food Truck Rodeo, Davis, CA
  4. 09/13/14 Yolo County Farm Bureau 100-year Anniversary Celebration
  5. 07/04/14 City of Davis Fourth of July Celebration, Davis, CA
  6. 06/21/14 Davis Music Festival, Davis, CA
  7. 06/18/14 Road Trip Bar & Grill, Capay, CA
  8. 05/22/14 Sudwerk Brewery, Davis, CA
  9. 05/17/14 The Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA
  10. 10/13/13 Swabbie’s Restaurant & Bar, Sacramento, CA
  11. 09/07/13 Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, Davis, CA
  12. 09/08/12 Farm Fresh to You Organic Farm (Capay Organics)

Performance Description

The Bottom Dwellers performance is a truly original and local Americana music experience. With vocal harmonies, acoustic and electric instruments, the band blazes into twangy-country reminiscent of Buck Owens, then waltzes into a sweet ballad you’d think was from centuries past. The performances feature as many as 50 original compositions, and up to three sets of music. As well as their original tunes, the Bottom Dwellers have arranged a large, uniquely adapted selection of traditional tunes from early American music. With a variety of songs to entertain, a Bottom Dwellers performance provides one thing for certain; People will go home tapping their toes and humming melodies with smiles on their faces.

Music Sample Description & Log Sheet

The Bottom Dwellers have two MP3 sound sample files available for download. You may access them at the links below.

Sample A (3 minutes)

  1. Song 1 – Banjo Ukulele (Deep on the Line, 2014)
  2. Song 2 – Let ’em Down (Deep on the Line, 2014)
  3. Song 3 – Champin’ at the Bit (Deep on the Line, 2014)

Sample B (3 minutes)

  1. Song 1 – 5:30 Train (Deep on the Line, 2014)
  2. Song 2 – Swimming Pool (Deep on the Line, 2014)
  3. Song 3 – New Fangled Disco (Deep on the Line, 2014)


The Bottom Dwellers have performances and personal obligations booked on some dates, but would love the opportunity to bring their unique sound to your event. For a list of upcoming appearances, please visit