Tuesday May 17, 2016 


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From punk-soaked folk to gypsy swing alchemy Saturday at Tractorgrease Cafe

Steven Huston, TBSBT


The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio will be playing the popular Tractorgrease Cafe on Saturday, May 21.


he Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio, are preparing to release their first full-length album, Already Gone, before taking their second trip through the Rockies and Alberta this summer. Set for release July 7, 2016, the album contains 10 tracks of deep-blues, bluegrass, country and gypsy swing alchemy.


The group originally formed in 2013 when Nova Scotian native, Steven Huston, met the Upper Canadian steel town transplant, Steve Nelson, through a craigslist ad and built a bond based on a 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 playing at Maritime kitchen parties and found the perfect foil in Nelson's punk-soaked folk style. Sharing a love of a wide spectrum of roots music, they passed their evenings listening to, and learning from, the sounds of the likes of Doc Watson, The Carter Family, The Devil Makes Three and Pokey Lafarge.


Sometime in 2014 they found Chris Dawson-Murphy playing in an East Vancouver cafe and managed to emotionally blackmail the former Prairie boy, whose blues stylings come from being steeped in the music of the deep south while living in Louisiana, into providing leads and his tenor. 



The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio were nominated for Best Bluegrass Group at the first annual Whammy's and have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with bands such as The Devil in the Woodshack, Percheron, The Still Spirits, The Give 'em Hell Boys, and The Burying Ground. Having released an e.p. and done some road tripping, the group is set to kick it up a notch with the release of a new, independent album followed by tours of Western Canada in July, and Europe in October. Doing all this while sharing their members with numerous other local groups including Late Thaw, The Scott Pauley Trio, Dadweed, The Burying Ground and Life Against Death, means these guys show 

The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio are:
Steven Huston - upright bass and vocals
Steve Nelson - guitar, harmonica, mandolin and vocals
Chris Dawson-Murphy - banjo, guitar, mandolin and vocals



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