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Classic Album Review: The Derailers | Here Come the Derailers

The Austin honky-tonkers stay on the right track with their twangy fourth full-length.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Austin honky-tonkers The Derailers once did a wild ’n’ wonderful western swing cover of Prince’s Raspberry Beret. Their fourth disc Here Come the Derailers, by contast, takes a slightly more traditional — but no less kitschy-cool — approach to C&W.

Boasting a good-natured, spunky style a la Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, Junior Brown and BR5-49, the foursome weigh in here with a winning slate of country swing, twangabilly boogie and tear-in-your-beer balladry, complete with glistening pedal steel gee-tars, tinkling Floyd Cramer pianos and high-spirited beats that are every bit as snappy as their tailored suits. A few more pop-culture covers wouldn’t hurt anybody, but even without them, these guys are still on the right track.