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 and Dawes. Slowly, original compositions began to make there way into sets previously dominated by standards from Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and The Stanley Brothers. These original songs borrowed heavily from the tradition of brother harmony mastered by Jim & Jesse and The Louvin Brothers.
2012 brought us their debut album titled "High On A Hilltop". It includes 14 original compositions featuring Rob Keller (6 String Drag, The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show, Workhorses of the Entertainment/Recreational Industry) on vocals and bass fiddle, Wayne Wilson (Athens Grass, Cafeteria, 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.
The Band released a second full length album "Just Stars For Light" in 2015. With John Hallemeier and Ethan Jones on fiddle, the Georgia group incorporated a few non-traditional instruments and occasionally expanded into more rock-like song structures to create something that is at once familiar and innovative.
After countless live shows for nearly a decade the band is currently in the studio working on its fourth release for Ghostmeat Records with the addition of John Evans (Border Hop, Moving Men) on guitar.
Rob Keller - Vocals, Upright Bass
Wayne Wilson - Vocals, Banjo
Russ Hallauer - Mandolin
John Evans - Guitar
Jon Hallemeier - Fiddle
Dean Johnston - Drums