Sunday, March 29, 2009
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-The Derailers
Song:Just One More Time
The Derailers are an excellent alt-country band and have been a big part of the Austin, TX music scene for a decade. The 1997 CD Reverb Deluxe was their first major label release and Just One More Time was their first single. The group was started by vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tony Villenueva and lead guitarist Brian Hofeldt. The Oregon natives moved to Austin and got together with bassist Vic Gerrard Ziolkowski and drummer Terry Kirkendall and started playing clubs in Austin. In 1995 they signed with Heinz Geissler's Watermelon Records. This led to major label distribution with Sire Records. Reverb Deluxe was their first CD under that deal and was produced by Dave Alvin of The Blasters. Hofeldt & Villenueva wrote most of the songs. The Derailers have acknowledged Buck Owens as their major influence and they are clearly in the honky tonk band tradition. They've had some chart success but haven't really broken through in the mainstream country market. New bassist Ed Adkins and drummer Scott Matthews were brought in. They signed with Sony's Lucky Dog label and Nashville producer Kyle Lehning (Randy Travis) was brought in to give them a slicker sound. That was unsuccessful and after the 2003 CD Genuine, Tony Villenueva left to become a pastor. Hofeldt became lead singer and steel guitarist Chris Scholtzhauer and pianist Sweet Basil McJagger were brought in. The Derailers have returned to their Austin honky tonk roots and currently record for the Austin based indy label Palo Duro and worked with veteran country music producer Buzz Cason. Their latest CD Guaranteed To Satisfy was released in Aug. 2008. They also did a Buck Owens tribute CD in 2007. The Derailers continue to have a strong following with alt-country fans but it appears that mainstream success in the country market is unlikely. Here are The Derailers performing Just One More Time on Conan O'Brien Feb. 1998.