The band started as a musical collaboration between husband and wife, Mark Olson and Victoria Williams. Each was a celebrated musician in their own right: Mark hailing from the Jayhawks and Victoria a solo artist. They roped in longtime friend Mike “Razz” Russel, set up a recording studio in their home, and the Dippers were born.

They’ve recorded a total of four albums since 1997 when TOHRCD released their self-titled record.

In 1992, Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative neurological disorder. Like many musicians with serious health problems, she was not covered by health insurance and the medical bills quickly piled up. Williams’ manager came to her aid by assembling friends and fans to record her songs for a benefit album. From Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams, came the Sweet Relief Fund, a non-profit organization aimed at assisting musicians in similar circumstances to Williams’.

Because of her illness, Williams was forced to scale back her persistent touring and performing. However, she still performs gigs when she can, as indicated by this latest tour announcement.