Home Exclusive preview! Steven Bowers – “Bad Friend” (video)

Steven Bowers – “Bad Friend” (video)


Newfoundland-born Steven Bowers earned an East Coast Music Award nomination folk Folk Recording of the Year back in 2008, along with several Music Nova Scotia Award nods, and since then, he’s managed to get his music featured in a few TV shows and films, including CBC’s Heartland.

These days, he’s swapped the east coast for the west – hello Vancouver Island! – and now he’s releasing a new album, Elk Island Park, co-produced by Juno winner Colin Stewart of Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde and Black Mountain fame.  There are some nice indie folk-rock arrangements here that couple intimate vocals and some sweet female vocal harmonies with powerful drums and blistering electric guitar.

Bad Friend” – the video for which we’re thrilled to premiere here on Roots Music Canada – is a song about someone trying to save a relationship they continually sabotage, and the fight for recovery from addiction, Steven said. 

After having my own daughter, I myself have let go of some bad habits in an effort to be a better husband and father. The song was inspired by these choices,” he added.

The video was filmed on Vancouver Island in February this year, after the rare snowstorm that had hit the area. Steve reached out to friends to help, including his wife Kristan Nelson, who wrote the video treatment. It stars his 18-month-old daughter Sparrow.

See Steven Bowers live:

  • March 8 – The Carleton, Halifax, NS
  • March 9 – The deCoste Centre, Pictou, NS
  • March 10 – The Tipsy Muse, Frederiction, NB
  • March 13 – Hugh’s Room Live, Toronto, ON
  • March 14 – Bar Robo, Ottawa, ON
  • March 15 – Mariposa, Montreal, QC
  • March 18 – The Ironwood, Calgary, AB
  • March 19 – The Aviary, Edmonton, AB
  • March 28 – Northern Quarter, Victoria, BC


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