The Welfare Liners

The Welfare Liners

 Athens, Georgia, USA

The Welfare Liners come together from the eclectic Athens, GA music scene. They combine contemporary and traditional influences to create a brand of bluegrass that has earned praise from young and old.


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.

In 2015, the band band released the most recent recordings titled Just Stars for Light on Ghostmeat Records. With Just Stars For Light The Welfare Liners build on the bluegrass foundation laid down with their 2012 debut "High On A Hilltop." With their second full-length release, the Athens, Georgia group incorporates a few non-traditional instruments and occasionally expands in to more rock-like song structures to create something that is at once familiar and innovative.


That's What She Said

Written By: Rob Keller

They said what she said and he said that she said
That you’ve been cheating on me
I wanted what you said but instead I’m misled
That much is plain to see

You were a honky tonk girl when I met you
I knew I was taking a chance
That night when I saw you, I didn’t want to see you
Giving them a second glance


You know everyone and everybody knows you
It seems that you’re getting around
You are the talk about town and they’re talking
About how you let me down


Why did you do me the way that done me?
I didn’t make you misbehave
Everyone will see the next time I see you
I’ll send you to an early grave



2011 - The Welfare Liners - Self-titled EP (Ghostmeat Records)

2012 - The Welfare Liners - High On A Hilltop (Ghostmeat Records)

2013 - "She's Mine" featured on AthFest 2013 (Ghostmeat Records)

2015 - "Hold Me Up To The Light" b/w "Tonight's My Night To Howl" single (Ghostmeat Records)

2015 - The Welfare Liners - Just Stars For Light (Ghostmeat Records)

Set List


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
7. Homewrecker
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
13. Boulevard
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...