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.