Bluegrass loves Chilliwack, and Chilliwack loves bluegrass, which is why The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio’s coming back to the Tractorgrease Cafe in February, and they’re bringing friend and sometimes collaborator Jesse Waldman with them for what’s sure to be a wonderful evening of honest, engaging musical sets of toe-tapping music.
Steven Huston and Chris Dawson-Murphy, who comprise The Trio—which is actually a duo—say their sound is a mix “between the lowdown grit and grown of early blues, the high lonesome sounds of bluegrass, and hardcore punk.” Waldman falls into a similar category, with his music being a folky blues blend.
However, despite their harmonic similarities, The Trio’s and Waldman’s music tend to explore different themes and aspects of life. The Trio’s “music explores universal themes of substance abuse, infidelity, blue-collar angst, unrequited love, and wanderlust,” whereas Waldman’s songs explore Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and the “belief that someone can make it back from the darker side of life.”
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Regardless of their sound differences, The Trio and Waldman are sure to delight audiences with their authentic and touching songs. But mostly, they’re just “really looking forward to coming back to visit the Tractorgrease family,” says Huston.
The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio and Jesse Waldman will be hitting the stage at the Tractorgrease Cafe on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and tickets are $12.