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 (www.christophersohler.com)

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

Episode #45 featuring The Git Rights Gospel Revue


The Git Rights Gospel Revue (l to r): Levi Lunde, Michael Sean Cummins, Marilee Hord, Bob Dunham, Heather Jo Cahill and Chad Lanning. Photo by Christopher Sohler (www.christophersohler.com)

Episode #45 with the Git Rights

Praise the Lord, we had The Git Rights Gospel Revue into The Helm for a rowdy good time in recording Episode #45. And before you ask, the answer is yes, we knew exactly what we were getting into.

The Git Rights are legends in the local bar circuit here in Portland. Their live shows feature an irreverent mix of country music and Christian outreach, all spouting from the mind of their humorous leader Michael Sean Cummins. The material is presented tongue-in-cheek, but the message is very real in calling out the hypocritical nature of conservative Christianity in America. Sometimes it’s OK to be a little naughty while being nice, and followers of the Git Rights know they’re in for a fun ride every time the band takes the stage. “It’s like going to church, and there’s whiskey,” Rev. Cummins explained.

On this episode, listeners will learn “It Ain’t Gay To Love Jesus,” and also that following Christ’s example isn’t all that difficult — pretty much “try not to be a prick.”


The Git Rights sharing their gospel music in The Helm.

The Git Rights are prepping for a big show this coming Friday night at The World Famous Kenton Club, the North Portland bar that has served as their home base since their inception. It’s a birthday show for two of their members turning 40, and they’ll also be sharing the bill with one of the best bands in town, Root Jack. It’s a show that’s sure to reveal the Git Rights in their fun-loving glory, so be get there early and prepare for a sweaty, Jesus-lovin’ good time.

While this episode frequently twists and turns toward oblivion, we manage to keep it on the rails by sharing plenty of great music from the wonderful world of Americana and Alt-Country. Topping the playlist is a song, “Asymmetrical Man,” from the new EP by Portland treasure Randall Payton and his band Chez Stadium (search on Bandcamp). We also have tunes from Seattle’s Evening Bell and Chuckanut Drive as well cuts from C.W. Ayon, Charlie Parr, Cody Jinks and Micheal Dean Damron, among others.

So dial it up and open your heart to Jesus. Here’s the playlist:

Asymmetrical Man, Chez Stadium
To Love Somebody, Slobberbone
No Lonesome Tune, Townes Van Zandt
Dust Storm, Evening Bell
It Ain’t Gay To Love Jesus (Live In The Helm), The Git Rights Gospel Revue
Dead Guy On A Stick (Live In The Helm), The Git Rights Gospel Revue
The Hand Of The Almighty (Live In The Helm), The Git Rights Gospel Revue
When God Dips His Love In My Heart (Live In The Helm), The Git Rights Gospel Revue
Bring That Bottle, C.W. Ayon
The Speakeasy Solution, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
Funeral Road Blues, Charlie Parr
Burning .44, Chuckanut Drive
13 Years, Cody Jinks
Bad Days Ahead (Live), Michael Dean Damron