Bred on the northern banks of the Delaware River, Bovine Social Club, is a grassy, twangy, swinging breed of Americana Alt-Country sounds sure to get your dancing cow on. One wicked lineup of seasoned jam musicians backing the lyrics of vocalist Samuel Saint Thomas, Bovine Social Club is one of the fastest growing new Americana bands in Metro New York.
BSC grows uncommon songs of loving, lying, waiting, picnicking, gardening, contemplating, and making the days go really slow. Produced by Railroad Earth's Tim Carbone, their sound is happily fertilized by country, bluegrass, folk, rock, old time, Celtic, Juju, and gospel vocabularies. Bovine Social Club gives thinking people happy feet!
Infused with nearly 100 years of combined musical skill and wisdom, they mine their experiences of traveling city streets and gravel roads to churches and pubs and concert halls, performing on some of the country’s finest stages with some of the country’s finest talent.
Samuel Saint Thomas, on guitar, vocals, harmonica, was mothered by an Irish singer and fathered by a Jelly Roll Morton jazz pianist turned Pentecostal fire and brimstone preacher. Samuel was nursed on music. From bassist in his family's gospel band to a chanting Catholic monk to noted singer/songwriter and recording artist, he makes his Bovine contribution as both wordsmith and philosopher. Timeless and provocative, his songs mine the endless existential dilemmas of his search for a happy human condition. He is currently editing the final draft of his comedic memoir, Frying Spam and Other Things to do Before the Rapture. Samuel on the Web
Jeff Barg, on drums and percussion, owned a drum set topped with K. Zildjian cymbals before ever going to kindergarten. He's a mighty fortunate fellow to have studied with the great Gary Chester, drummer for Cab Calloway, John Denver, Aretha Franklin and Van Morrison. Jeff's discography runs river-deep from reggae to rock; live credits stretch from Kings In Disguise to AmJam to Robin Armstrong. Jeff collects early 20th century pottery and tile and welcomes your inquiries.
Seth Mandel is a gentleman, scholar, and passionate lover of violin, mandolin, piano, guitar, and voice. Classically trained on violin and self-trained on everything else, Seth is a music teacher and student of language at Montclair State University. He brings folk, jazz, jam, classic rock, bluegrass, and the unique flavors of klezmer to the Bovine sound. Seth also registers a triple nerd score as a nationally-ranked tournament Scrabble player.
Johnny Smith, from Boston, MA, is a Berklee grad guitarist and freshman banjo player. He honed his stage skills in the Boulder jam scene touring the West with the well-known progressive jazz and reggae band Jyemo. John is a reggae and funk master with deep roots and magic fingers in the West African Juju tradition. His new love is the six string banjo. Already he is being compared to Bela Fleck as he searches for the flavors and tones of old-time, Jelly Roll, and bluegrass phrases.
Joe Borthwick, bassist, a native of the artistically fertile river town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, has immersed himself in musicmaking since he was a mere pup. In 2006, he devoted his attentions to the peculiar charms of upright bass, and that same year found him opening up for such national acts such as Grace Potter, Jeffrey Gaines, and the New York Dolls. Joe has since honed his formidable skills playing with regional jazz and rock favorites such as Fellaheen, John Sonntag, and Alehouse Congregation. His current playlist includes Ralph Stanley, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Freddie Hubbard, and the indomitable Tom Waits. Joe appreciates and, in fact, encourages gifts of food and finer adult beverages on any occasion.