The Welfare Liners came together from the eclectic Athens, GA music scene in 2010 and combined contemporary and traditional influences to create a brand of bluegrass that has earned praise from young and old.
After releasing a self-titled, six-song EP on Ghostmeat Records in 2011, the band found themselves sharing the stage with the likes of The Del McCoury Band, Dawes and Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon). As they continued to perform at bluegrass festivals and local clubs, original compositions made their way in to sets previously dominated by standards from Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and The Stanley Brothers. These new, original songs borrowed heavily from the tradition of brother harmony mastered by Jim & Jesse and The Louvin Brothers, whose songs were also mainstays of early performances by the band.
High On A Hilltop is the debut album from The Welfare Liners. It includes 14 original compositions featuring Rob Keller (Six String Drag, The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show, Workhorses for the Entertainment/Recreational Industry) on vocals and bass fiddle, Wayne Wilson (Athens Grass, The F Holes) on vocals and banjo, Russ Hallauer (Sunbrain, The Lures, founder of Ghostmeat Records) on mandolin, Mark Cunningham (The Burning Angels) on guitar and Adam Poulin (Betsy Frank, Dodd Ferrelle) on fiddle. The album also includes guest appearances by William Tonks (Bloodkin, Barbara Cue) on dobro.
High On A Hilltop was recorded and mixed by Russ Hallauer at Ghostmeat Studio in Watkinsville, GA. It was mastered by Bright Eyes bassist/engineer Andy LeMaster at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA. The album cover design is by former Whiskeytown drummer Skillet Gilmore.
Rob Keller - Vocals, Bass Fiddle
Wayne Wilson - Banjo, Vocals
Mark Cunningham - Guitar
Adam Poulin - Fiddle
Russ Hallauer - mandolin
2011 - The Welfare Liners - Self-titled EP (Ghostmeat Records)
2012 - The Welfare Liners - High On A Hilltop (Ghostmeat Records)
The Welfare Liners on Squidbillies
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Fans of the twisted Adult Swim 'toon "Squidbillies" know that Early Cuyler don't take no junk from n...Fans of the twisted Adult Swim 'toon "Squidbillies" know that Early Cuyler don't take no junk from no one. So it's surprising that the little North Georgia cephalopod reacted this kindly to the idea of a bunch of folks reworking the theme song he penned. Above, watch a new commercial calling for folks to do just that—though, as evidenced by the spot, it's something many musicians have already been doing, including Athens' own Welfare Liners.
To see the entire 30-second "Squidbillies" theme as performed by TWL, click over here. It's damn good! Even Early must be proud.
Straight Up Bluegrass
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The Welfare Liners (straight up bluegrass) play the Melting Point tomorrow night and they've got a n...The Welfare Liners (straight up bluegrass) play the Melting Point tomorrow night and they've got a new album of banjo-fueled tunes they're itching to let y'all know about.
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The Welfare Liners debut, a six song self-titled EP, was released on mandolin player, Russ Hallauer'...The Welfare Liners debut, a six song self-titled EP, was released on mandolin player, Russ Hallauer's Ghostmeat Records, and shows the band's appreciation for traditional bluegrass while pushing the boundaries with their more contemporary influences. Their hand-crafted bluegrass stands out on stage as the band's harmonies and instrumental prowess weave and whirl into the spectacle that is The Welfare Liners.
1. Easy On The Eyes
2. Who Killed T.K.
3. I'll Be Standing By
4. Trouble Comes To Me
5. That's What She Said
6. Dust Broom Blues
8. High On A Hilltop
9. Darker Than The Night
10. I Can Hear The Reaper Calling
11. Farewell To All The Angels
12. Sad And Blue, Lonesome Too
14. The Welfare Express (Headin' Down The Line)
15. Terrapin Beer
1. Love, Please Come Home
2. Childish Love
3. I've Seen The Love
4. In The Pines
5. How Mountain Gals Can Love
6. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arm's
7. A Good Woman's Love
8. Dim Lights And Thick Smoke
9. Little Georgia Rose
10. Then I'll Stop Going For You
11. White Freight Liner
12. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
... and many, many more...