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The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio

Between the high, lonesome sound of bluegrass and the low-down grit and growl of the blues, with just a touch of 1920s swing and 1980s punk is The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio making their own take on roots music. Their forthcoming full-length album is a collection of songs on such universal themes as substance use and infidelity, blue collar angst and unrequited love, of leaving forever and coming back again. Their genre bending style incorporates influences ranging from The Devil Makes Three, Doc Watson, Big Bill Broonzy, Gordon Lightfoot, and Bob Wills to 1930s jug bands.

The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio, Best Bluegrass Group nominees at the first annual Whammy's, have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Devil in the Woodshack, Percheron, The Still Spirits, Shiloh Lindsey and The Give 'em Hell Boys. With a new album in the works, a jaunt through western Canada in July, and their first tour of Europe in October, all while sharing their members with numerous other local groups including Late Thaw, The Scott Paulley Trio, Dadweed, The Burying Ground and Life Against Death, 2016 is shaping up to be a hectic year!

The trio originally formed in 2013 when Nova Scotian native, Steven Huston (vocals and upright bass), met the Upper Canadian steel town transplant, Steve Nelson (guitar, harmonica, mandolin and vocals) through a craigslist ad and discovered their mutual love for drinking hard and playing fast and loose. Huston, having spent years playing hardcore and thrash in the Vancouver music scene was finding new connections to the music he'd been brought up on (the Maritime folk music and bluegrass where he'd learned to play music at his family's kitchen parties), found the perfect foil in Nelson's punk soaked folk. In 2014 they found Chris Dawson-Murphy (banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals) playing in an East Vancouver café and convinced the former prairie boy, a musician deeply steeped in the sounds of the deep south while living in Louisiana, into providing leads and his tenor. Building on the diversity of their first e.p. and incorporating lessons they've learned at home and on the road, The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio continues to experiment with bending genres as they rack up the road miles.

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