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Christie Rose & The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio, WISE Lounge
September 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$10
A Tuesday night double bill, featuring Christie Rose and The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio, down in the WISE Lounge.
Show at 8:00pm
$10 or p.w.y.c.
From a cheeky turn of phrase, to the ache of love and loss, to the vivid beauty and plain revelation evoked by small details, Christie Rose’s lyric-driven songs tread a varied range of observation and human emotion. With striking melodies, delivered in a voice both powerful and nuanced, she’s a folk artist who’s also in love with rockabilly, doo-wop, soul, rock n’ roll, country, atmospheric ballads, and poetry.
Since releasing her debut album “…and even the lion tamer’s got that same old blues”, she’s gradually shaped a new collection of songs, with an EP scheduled for release in 2018.
THE BOTTOM SHELF BOURBON TRIO
The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio plays core roots music anchored between the lowdown grit and growl of early blues, the high lonesome sounds of bluegrass, and hardcore punk. Their music explores universal themes of substance abuse, infidelity, blue-collar angst, unrequited love, and wanderlust.
The Vancouver bands’ members are: Steven Huston (vocals and upright bass) and Chris Dawson-Murphy (banjo, guitar, vocals), The group originally formed in 2013 as a three piece and through a series of separations and distillations evolved into the current duo. Huston’s song writing is dynamic in style and subject, reflecting on urban life via engaging, edgy lyrics woven into solidly crafted tunes that reveal the maritime pick’n parties of his Nova Scotian upbringing. Steven’s rock-steady rhythm sets the groove for Chris’ intricate guitar work and unorthodox banjo picking, evocative of traditional blues and old time of the deep-south; music the prairie boy was immersed in while at art school in Louisiana. The band is influenced by sounds as diverse as blues pioneers Blind Blake and Victoria Spivey, and contemporary groups like The Devil Makes Three and Pokey Lafarge.
The band’s 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.
BSBT has toured across Western Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium playing venues and festivals. 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, Devil in the Woodshack, Jesse Waldman and Leah Barley and the Converse Cowboys.
“…sings of night time dives and back alley danger on a soundrack made for fallen angels.”
– The Alternate Root
“The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio has been hiding on the west coast for far too long.”
-The Vue (Edmonton)