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by ThorNton Creek

Twisted two step - eclectic roots music for people with ears.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Frying Pan
3:15 $0.99
2. Sugar Mama
2:52 $0.99
3. Leaving it Alone
3:40 $0.99
4. Mind Like a Window
2:12 $0.99
5. New One
4:10 $0.99
6. Whiskey
3:56 $0.99
7. Segue
1:42 $0.99
8. Streets of Richmond
3:16 $0.99
9. Don't Forget About Me
3:17 $0.99
10. By and By
4:19 $0.99
11. Laugh Away
2:05 $0.99
12. Politician Blues
4:08 $0.99
13. Boris Loves Magnolia
3:08 $0.99
14. Hushabye
5:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
This work was recorded at Seattle's AVast! Studios by Kevin Suggs. Band members for this work include: Thornton Bowman, acoustic guitar, banjo, singing; MJ Bishop, mandolin, kazoo, percussion, singing; Don Miller, electric and acoustic slide guitar, singing; Mark Drake, drums, cowbell, singing; Walter Harley, upright and electric bass, harmonica, singing.

Victory Review wrote this about the CD Whiskey:
If you've ever hung out at honky tonks in a small western town watching locals two step and swing to music accented by clinking glasses, then you have experienced Thornton Creek. And if you listen only for the "feel," you might miss something important: the intriguing lyrics of Thornton Bowman. While playful at times to fit the instrumental mood of the song, there is nothing ordinary about these lyrics. In "Leavin' it Alone," Bowman moves from "at the top of my voice, there was silence - nothing but words piled at my feet" to, "at the bottom of silence truth is stirring - sounds like noise if you let it shout," capturing in an original way the feel of the aloneness that comes not from solitude but from choices made and loves lost. Several of the tunes are gospel edged, musically, but again, there is a twist in the lyrics that reveals a wry mind and a well-traveled soul. In "By and By," Bowman presents a dialogue between the conductor of a train bound for the hereafter and a preacher from the here and now. Sometimes the promises made in funereal moments can engender bold questions, as is done here with skill by Bowman. No easy answers here. Musically, this is a fun-filled album, but take a moment to sit with the lyric sheet to appreciate the craft and the wry view of songwriter Thornton Bowman.
Char Seawell, Victory Review, October 2006

Where are you, and where are you from?
Based in Seattle, Washington. Thornton is from Virginia. MJ came from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Mark, Steve and Don are from Seattle.



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Martin Deakin

Frying Pan brings a great start to a great album. Thorntons unique distinctive voice makes it a much needed album

Scianna Augustine

smart music for smart people
This CD lives up to its name - smoky, smooth, with more than a hint of wry. It's the most polished and professional of all the TC discs, and delivers on the promise of the earlier works. The lyrics are rich; the harmonies are tight; and the music is...well, just great. It's a rare blend of folk, blues, rockabilly, honky-tonk, traditional, even gospel - it flows from exuberant to melancholy to kick-ass. And it's not just good music - it's smart, made to delight smart people. Buy many copies and give them to all your smart friends.

Alicia Quintano

Great album. Makes you want to jump up and dance. It's really fun to head over to YouTube and seeing
the Thornton Creek audience at a festival
doing just that! Love the vocals and the super guitar playing.

Ian Lang

Great Album
Super album from the Seattle outfit ! A powerhouse rhythm section........superb lead guitar from Don Miller and fine understated vocals from feels like a Saturday night album, rolling back the carpet, but deep down there are suprises..! Hushabye is simply gorgeous..marvellous writing !

Bill White

9/13/2006 Seattle PI Review
Whiskey (Green Springs Music)
For 10 years, ThorNton Creek has been a reminder of the days when Seattle clubs were ablaze with good-time country rock 'n' roll. A good song, a danceable beat and some hot licks are the recipe for all the 14 tracks on the band's new release, "Whiskey." [Thornton]Bowman sings in a straightforward high tenor reminiscent of Country Joe McDonald. His vocals are sweetened by MJ Bishop's harmonies. Don Miller's versatile guitar playing ranges from the laid-back swing of "Laugh Away," the roots rock of "Mind Like a Window," to "New One's" psychedelic fire. (Bill White)