All members of the Bottom Dwellers have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Bottom Dwellers

The Bottom Dwellers

Our latest album, available on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, and more.

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 four 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, and The Bottom Dwellers, released in 2018.

With original songs ranging from gritty Bakersfield-style twang, to sweet and creepy harmonic ballads, the Bottom Dwellers have a uniquely diverse and distinctly California sound. Their original songs within the Country and Americana realm have landed them on the bill with acts such as the Grammy-nominated Billy Joe Shaver, Dale Watson, and the Derailers. They’ve played a variety of venues such as the Palms Playhouse in Winters, the Crystal Bay Casino in Lake Tahoe, bars from SF to Humboldt County, as well as private events from the coast to the mountains.

The Bottom Dwellers have recorded music available to stream online (Spotify, Apple Music), or for purchase at shows. Their song “Company Truck” received national airplay on NPR’s Car Talk, and their music is played on independent radio stations. In 2007, the Bottom Dwellers were awarded a Sammies Reader’s Choice Award for Outstanding Country Band at the Sacramento Area Music Awards. With more than 18 years of writing and playing music together, the Bottom Dwellers have a musical connection and “band sound” only achieved through the test of time.

Band Members


Performance History

The Bottom Dwellers play their own compositions at local events, farms, celebrations, and venues. Their 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 band plays shows in a variety of settings, from professional—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 list of notable performances:

  1. May 22, 2021 - Berryessa Brewing Company. Sold out event. Tickets were $55/table.
  2. May 1 & 2, 2021 - Harney Lane Winery Wine Club Pickup Event. We played two four hour sets with over 80 songs. No repeats!

A pandemic hiatus happened here…

  1. February 8, 2020 - Sutter Creek Provisions. Our favorite off-the-beaten-path exclusive music venue.
  2. September 27, 2019 - Matchbook End of Summer Bash at Matchbook Wine Company. Estimated 800+ people in attendance resulted in record-breaking wine sales
  3. June 17, 2018 - Davis Music Fest. An annual music festival featuring touring and local acts. Put on by Davis Live Music Collective.
  4. April 9, 2010 - The Palms Playhouse with Billy Joe Shaver. We were asked to fill time by the promoter as Billy Joe Shaver was late flying in from Waco, TX where he was just found not guilty of an aggravated assault charge for shooting a man outside a bar near Waco, Texas. He was very happy that night and thanked Jesus profusely.
  5. August 2, 2007, Willemina’s Bar. We set up a pickup gig for Dale Watson while he was coming through town, and opened the show for him.
  6. August 24, 2006 - The Palms Playhouse. Opening slot for The Derailers.

Performance Description

A 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.

Play 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)

Play 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 see our calendar page.