The Derailers

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Tags: country alt-country americana honky tonk rockabilly texas austin Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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A honky tonk country rock outfit based in Austin, Texas, USA, the Derailers are led by singer-songwriters, Tony Villanueva (8 August 1967, Eugene, Oregon, USA; guitar, vocals) and Brian Hofeldt (b. 10 June 1967, Caldwell, Idaho, USA; guitar, piano, vocals). Villanueva once described the band’s mission as one of exploring ‘the moan and the mournful harmonies’ that inflect the most evocative country records. With influences ranging from Buck Owens to Merle Haggard, as well as honky tonk dance music and Texan western swing, within months of forming in 1993 the Derailers had been dubbed ‘the next big thing in Austin’ by an enthusiastic local press impressed by their performances at the Continental Club and the Broken Spoke. The Austin-American Statesman went further still, analogizing the band’s robust country sound as a ‘boot-stompin’, hair raisin’ good time that leaves the audience breathlessly happy’. They made their...

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