Portland’s Bad Assets play original whiskey drenched, roots rockin party country music. Singer/Songwriter Motor Jeffries envisioned the project back in 2007 or so and recruited Ben Cosloy (lead guitar), Kevin Marcotte (bass, vocals) and Damon Rose (drums). The band soon picked up where Motor’s previous project (Party Country) left off and recorded the album I-84–which took us down Oregon’s storied Interstate through reels, laments and general degradation across the Idaho Line… to party.
They’ve since honed their particular brand of “Party Country”, this time generally focusing on songs about drinkin’. The sophomore release Poncho, features songs penned by both Jeffries and Marcotte but written as a band–tight, distilled. To round out the sound they enlisted the inimitable “Sweet” Gary Newcomb on pedal steel and the vocal harmonies of Tristan Trotter and Evin Cole, formerly known as The Gams but we like to call ‘em the Bad Assettes. Since the recording, drummer Damon Rose headed for the hills east on I-84 and the engine room is now handled by the dashing Mike May.
Bad Assets has graced many stages over the years throughout the Northwest from corporate events to weddings, outdoor festivals, block parties, line dance clubs and plenty of taverns. I should mention they are all quite good looking, but then again, “beauty is in the eye of the Beerholder.”