The Bottom Dwellers are a four-piece Americana band from Woodland, California. Formed in 2003, the group has five full-length albums under their belts. 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. After more than 20 years of writing and playing music together, the Bottom Dwellers have a musical connection and “band sound” only achieved through the test of time.
- Easy on the Jake (Excerpt from Fireside)
- Who Cares (Excerpt from Fireside)
- Pop a Top (Live Excerpt)
- Bluebird Wine (Live Excerpt)
- One Thing (Live Excerpt)
- I Know Why (Live Excerpt)
- Uniform, Boots and A Gun (Excerpt from The Bottom Dwellers)
- Still Kickin’ (Excerpt from The Bottom Dwellers)
- Ivan Sohrakoff (vocals, guitar, banjo)
- Robbie Thayer (vocals, acoustic guitar)
- Mark Eagleton (double bass)
- Chris Eynon (drums)
- Fireside released 2022
- The Bottom Dwellers released 2018
- Deep on the Line released 2014
- Think I Need a Drink released 2008
- Twang Americana released 2005
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 Provisions in Sutter Creek, 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:
Headling show at Berryessa Brewing Co. sold out at $55/table.
Two-day wine club pickup event. Two four-hour sets with over 80 songs. No repeats!
A pandemic hiatus happened here…
A favorite off-the-beaten-path exclusive music venue.
Matchbook end of summer bash. Estimated 800+ people in attendance resulted in record-breaking wine sales
An annual music festival featuring touring and local acts. Put on by Davis Live Music Collective.
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.
We set up a pickup gig for Dale Watson while he was coming through town, and opened the show for him.
Opening slot for The Derailers at The Palms in Winters.
A Bottom Dwellers performance is a truly regional Americana music experience. With vocal harmonies, and acoustic and electric instruments, the band blazes into Bakersfield twang reminiscent of Buck Owens, then waltzes into sweet ballads reminiscent of centuries past. The performances feature as many as 50 original compositions, and up to four sets of music. In addition to their original tunes, the Bottom Dwellers have arranged a large, uniquely adapted selection of traditional tunes from early America. With a variety of songs to enlighten and entertain, a Bottom Dwellers performance combines creative storytelling, unique musical arrangements, rich dynamics and plenty of upbeat tempos to dance to.
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The Bottom Dwellers would love the opportunity to bring their unique sound to your event.
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