Here Come the Derailers

Here Come the Derailers

by The Derailers


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Twang is not only alive and well with the Derailers, it's vital and vibrant, the stuff of this band's life. For Here Come the Derailers, the quartet polish their steely attack without losing any of their bite, thanks to production from Kyle Lehning, who's been behind the board on most of Randy Travis's classic cuts. The band have assembled a strong collection of their own songs and ones by redoubtable veterans such as Jim Lauderdale (teaming with the band's writers and with Melba Montgomery) and Kostas, and the Derailers' rootsy, hard country treatment turns this disc into a vivid journey through heartbreak and elation, honky-tonk style. Brian Hofeldt stands out on his powerful, self-penned breakup song, which has all the vocal and instrumental grandeur of a Mavericks classic, right down to his resonant, tear-stained vocal, which is in the spirit of chief Maverick Raul Malo. The rocking instrumental "Country a Go-Go" lightens the mood, blending trebly surf guitar licks with scattershot pedal steel lines and evocative B3 organ support over pounding drums. Lead vocalist/guitarist Tony Villaneuva asserts himself as one of country's most affecting singers with several gripping ballad performances, including his own heartbreaking song "You Know What She's Like." Fleshing out the album are a couple of inspired covers: the bopping early Charlie Rich hit "Mohair Sam" and a soul tearjerker, "If It's Really Got to Be This Way," originally cut by Arthur Alexander. The Derailers keep it coming, and their charge gets stronger every time.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998579323
catalogNumber: 85793
Rank: 7382

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Derailers   Primary Artist
Delbert McClinton   Harmonica
Eric Darken   Percussion,Marimbas,Timpani,Vibes,Hand Clapping
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Thomas Flora   Background Vocals
Mark Horn   Drums
John Jarvis   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Vox Continental
Kyle Lehning   Hammond Organ,Hand Clapping
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Marty Muse   Pedal Steel Guitar
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Kayton Roberts   Lap Steel Guitar
Hank Singer   Fiddle
Brian Hofeldt   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tony Villanueva   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Ed Adkins   Bass
Sandy Williams   Mellotron

Technical Credits

Dallas Frazier   Composer
Kyle Lehning   Producer,overdub engineer
Jason Lehning   Engineer,overdub engineer,Pro-Tools
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band   Art Direction
Sandy Williams   overdub engineer

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