The Whiskey Chasers are from Eugene, Oregon. They play bluegrass, old time country, rowdy string music. They play and write old songs. Their bass player didn't know that track 2 (I Hear the Call) was an original until they recorded this debut album.
Well for the Worse, three years in the making, sounds like Pacific Northwest rowdy bluegrass country. The drummer for Dirty Spoon and Breakers' Yard called it "Grassytonk"; it is definitely moody, lyrically-driven modern bluegrass with a Pacific Northwest jug band vibe. It's sad and fun. It's good for driving, dancing, or doing the dishes.
Well for the Worse is a tiny peek into what contemporary string band music is doing in The Willamette River Valley. It is introspective and emotional, but rowdy and rough. It was very much made in Eugene, OR: recorded and mixed by Billy Barnett at Gung-ho Studio outside Eugene, OR; Printed by Oakshire Brewing, also from Eugene, OR. The Whiskey Chasers learned how to play their songs in Mulligans Pub in South Eugene, shacking-up in a whiskey-for-tunes relationship that lasted just long enough for them to lose and re-gain their self-respect. They wiped the whiskey tears from their cheeks and got into the studio.
Gracin Dorsey Mandolin and Kevin Davison Guitar write the tunes. They have been singing together since they moved from Delaware to Oregon in the late twenty aughts. Banjo Tony Cipolle was next. Minnesota bluegrass wasn't a thing yet, and neither was his banjo playing, Washboard Cindy Ingram pushed everyone out the door. Their beloved Fiddler Kristen Harris left us with an amazing Bass Maker Seth Kimmel and an extraordinary desire for sustain, sustained by Dobro Gentleman Gregg Vollstedt.