The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio

The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio is a genre-bending, roots music duo based in Vancouver, BC. Blending the grit and growl of country blues with the confessionals of contemporary folk and Americana, their forthcoming album is a collection of personal meditations that channel difficult times into a form of catharsis. Slumberland often explores dark themes such as suicide, homophobic violence, and love lost to distance, time and death, while finding ways to move forward through kindness, optimism and acceptance.


The group is made up of multi-instrumentalists Steven Huston (upright bass, guitar, vocals) and Chris Dawson-Murphy (guitar, banjo, vocals). The shapes and outlines of Huston's song writing and lyrics provide a broad canvas to be coloured and shaded by Chris' intricate guitar work, unorthodox banjo picking, and the duo's silky smooth harmonies. The band is influenced by sounds as diverse as blues pioneers Blind Blake and Victoria Spivey, to contemporary groups Mandolin Orange and The Handsome Family.

“Doc and Merle would both be real proud of you two.” 

- Greg Sweet, The Music Mix (KSVR Radio)

​Steven Huston | Chris Dawson-Murphy

Image appears courtesy of Milton Stille

The bands debut full-length album, Already Gone, mastered by Graemme Brown (Be Good Tanyas, Chick Corea) spent several weeks at the top of roots music charts across Canada and was featured in the Alternate Root and BeatRoute Magazine.

"Blue Collar Blues sings of night time

   dives and back alley danger on a

  soundrack made for fallen angels.” 

         - The Alternate Root

 Chris Dawson-Murphy | ​Steven Huston at Lana Lou's

image appears courtesy of Caleigh Mayer

“The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio has been hiding on the west coast for far too long.” - The Vue (Edmonton)

​BSBT has toured across Western Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the U.S. playing venues, festivals and house concerts. The band was nominated for the Whammy Award - best local bluegrass band three years running and has shared the stage with the likes of Petunia, The Burying Ground, Carolyn Mark, Christie Rose, Devil in the Woodshack, Jesse Waldman,  and Leah Barley and the Converse Cowboys.

Already Gone - 2016 - Independent release
Not Your Buddy - Compilation Volume IV - 2015
No Time to Quit, e.p. – 2014 - Independent release


Featured Performances:
Vancouver Jazz Festival | Harmony Arts Festival |

Chilliwack Bluegrass and Country Music Festival | Burgerweeshuis, Netherlands | Richmond Maritime Festival