The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio

The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio plays core roots music anchored somewhere between the lowdown grit and growl of early blues, the high lonesome sounds of bluegrass, and folk. Their music explores themes of blue- collar angst, substance abuse, infidelity,  identity, unrequited love, and wanderlust. Huston’s dynamic song writing reflects on urban life through engaging lyrics woven into solidly crafted tunes. 

The bands sound reflects a melding of the Maritime picking parties of Huston's Nova Scotian upbringing and Chris’ country blues guitar and unorthodox banjo picking, evocative of the deep southern sounds he was immersed in while at art school in Louisiana.  BSBT is influenced by roots luminaries like Blind Blake, Victoria Spivey, Doc Watson, and contemporaries like The Devil Makes Three, Pokey Lafarge, and Mandolin Orange.

Through a process of musical distillation the band became the duo Steven Huston (upright bass, guitar, vocals) and Chris Dawson-Murphy (banjo, guitar, vocals). BSBT is based in Vancouver,  Canada.

“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.

“…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