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The Welfare Liners / Press

“The place is America. The time is the Present. The band is The Welfare Liners, and the album is High on a Hilltop. This is a good record. Let me say that again. This is a good record. There aren’t any bells or whistles. These are settled and experienced folk musicians, and they are writing songs. Good songs. Good songs with good lyrics—stories of miserable Americans from the past, the brown days of America, the dirt days. These songs are precise and pertinent distillations of personal conflicts with tight, economical arrangements. That’s what separates traditional folk music such as this from most modern country and “folk” music. The songs themselves are completely enjoyable. The characters in the stories the songs tell are completely contained in the songs themselves.”