TMFWP Special — Live From The Helm, Vol. 2


The Helm . . . our home in Portland, Oregon, USA. Photo by Christopher Sohler

Live From The Helm, Vol. 2

To put the wraps on another year of podcasting from our hometown of Portland, Oregon, USA, we’re excited to share “Live From The Helm, Vol. 2,” our second-annual collection of live performances from the 20 artists and bands who were featured on Episodes #40 through #60 of That Much Further West Podcast in 2015.

Needless to say, we’re grateful to the talented folks who helped make this year’s podcast collection bigger and better than ever, and also to the many friends and fans of the show who listened in and served as a wonderful live audience during our show tapings at The Helm.

We hope this collection of live performances will bring back some great memories from 2015 and build some anticipation for what we’ll have in store for next year. We’re expecting big things for the podcast in 2016 and we hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Below is the list of songs and artists included in this year’s collection for you to enjoy. From all of us to all of you, Happy New Year!

Saving Me, Timber County
Prison Song, Denver
San Andreas Fault, The Earnest Lovers
Ants In The Kitchen, The HIllwilliams
The Fire, Jenny Don’t & The Spurs
It’s Ain’t Gay To Love Jesus, The Git Rights Gospel Revue
Hold You Like A Harness, Hip Hatchet
Love Looks Like A Master, Morgan Geer of Drunken Prayer
Adopt A Highway, Alex Salcido of The Harmed Brothers
Chris Bell, M. Lockwood Porter
Man Of The Year, Purusa
Then And There, Barna Howard
Beer Holder, Bad Assets
You Don’t Have To Treat You That Way, Mike Coykendall
A Life In Progress, Ray Vietti of The Harmed Brothers
The Man I Am Today, Stars of Cascadia
Mutiny, Sassparilla
Your American Past, Indianhead
Ocean Rock And Sand, Moody Little Sister
The Whisper, Jeremy Wilson


Episode #52 featuring Bad Assets


The bad asses of Bad Assets (l to r): Ben Cosloy, Kevin Marcotte and Motor Jeffries. Photo by Christopher Sohler (

Episode #52 featuring Bad Assets

It was a helluva weekend for Bad Assets, Portland’s rollicking, fun-loving country heroes. A packed CD Release show at the World Famous Kenton Club on Friday . . . a headlining showcase performance at The Deer Lodge on Saturday . . . and it all started with a visit to The Helm for an interview and performance for Episode #52 of The Much Further West Podcast.

Bad Assets are celebrating the release of their fantastic new record, “Poncho,” which has been in the works for the last couple of years. The disc shows off the four-piece’s tremendously clever songwriting and terrific playing, making it an excellent followup to their previous CD, “I-84.”


Motor, Kevin and Ben tearing it up in The Helm. Photo by Christopher Sohler

Three of the fellas — singer-guitarist Motor Jeffries, singer-bassist Kevin Marcotte and guitar-picker extraordinaire Ben Cosloy — joined us to talk about the making of the record, the songwriting process and the many and varied places from where they draw inspiration. Cold Duck was shared, whiskey was spilled and much beer consumed. Pretty much par for the course, though the cold duck was an unexpected wrinkle.

Big thanks to Bad Assets for sharing their wisdom (remember: Beauty’s in the eye of the Beerholder) and congrats on an excellent record. We were thrilled to have y’all on board.

We also have some terrific music to share from recently released records by Evan Phillips, John Moreland and Banditos, who were psyched to see and meet in just a few days at the Wildwood MusicFest & Campout in nearby Sheridan, Oregon, U.S.A. The two-day festival kicks off on July 17, and we’ll be there in full force gathering interviews and exclusive performances to share on later episodes.

But for now, kick back and enjoy this really fun installment with Bad Assets. Here’s the playlist:

Falling Down, Evan Phillips
American Flags In Black & White, John Moreland
Garden Party, Rick Nelson
Beerholder (Live In The Helm), Bad Assets
Empty Bottle (Live In The Helm), Bad Assets
Camarojuana, Bad Assets
Without Me, Bad Assets
Wants You Close, Hearts Of Oak
Aztlán, Trujillo
Still Sober (After All These Beers), Banditos
David, Cody Jinks
Winner’s Casino, Richmond Fontaine
Send It On Down, Lee Ann Womack

One Sip Of Water, Emily Herring
Waitin’ Round To Die, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s
Deadman’s Blues, Matt Woods