Live! From Texas

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The Derailers are a honky tonk band, and honky tonk bands were born to play in roadhouses, where they make the audiences swing and sway at the bar and on the dancefloor all night long. So it makes sense for the Derailers to cut an album at one of their shows, and while Live! From Texas isn't the band's first live effort, enough time has passed and the band has gone though enough changes since 1997's Live Tracks to justify bringing a recording rig out to the bandstand again. Many Derailers purists still lament the departure of original vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Tony Villanueva, but Live! From Texas demonstrates the Brian Hofeldt-led version of the group sounds as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The Derailers are a honky tonk band, and honky tonk bands were born to play in roadhouses, where they make the audiences swing and sway at the bar and on the dancefloor all night long. So it makes sense for the Derailers to cut an album at one of their shows, and while Live! From Texas isn't the band's first live effort, enough time has passed and the band has gone though enough changes since 1997's Live Tracks to justify bringing a recording rig out to the bandstand again. Many Derailers purists still lament the departure of original vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Tony Villanueva, but Live! From Texas demonstrates the Brian Hofeldt-led version of the group sounds as strong and sweet as ever on-stage, and with Hofeldt joined here by Chris Schlotzhauer on guitar and pedal steel, Kevin Smith not the guy who made Clerks on bass, Basil McJagger on keyboards, and Scott Matthews on drums, they conjure up a Bakersfield-style twang with a rock & roll swagger as well as anyone plying this trade in the 21st century. The snap of the rhythm section is impressive as the musicians play crying-in-your-beer music you can dance to with aplomb, not always the easiest combination to pull off. The set list leans to tunes penned by Hofeldt, which might be a miscalculation when they dig deep into their back catalog given the strength of Villanueva's material, but this still makes for a good overview of the Derailers' first 15 years playing America's honky tonks, and given the strength of the performances, it's not hard to imagine them doing this for another decade and a half. Chris Kipp's slightly hollow engineering doesn't quite get the full punch of the Derailers' live sound on Live! From Texas, but that's this album's only serious drawback, and if you've ever hoisted a beer or done the two-step while these guys were on the stage, this album will remind you just how much fun the Derailers can be when they're in their stride.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2010
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206704228
  • Catalog Number: 067042

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Derailers Primary Artist
Brian Hofeldt Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Smith Bass, Vocals
Chris Schlotzhauer Vocals
Sweet Basil McJagger Organ, Piano, Vocals
Scott Matthews Drums
Technical Credits
Buck Owens Composer
Don Everly Composer
Phil Everly Composer
Melvin Endsley Composer
Buzz Cason Composer
Wynn Stewart Composer
Brian Hofeldt Composer, Producer
Tony Villanueva Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Jerry Tubb Mastering
Billy Lawson Composer
Dale Dodson Composer
Ed Adkins Composer
Chris Kipp Engineer
Rush Evans Liner Notes
Brandon Petree Artwork
Jimmy Smith Live Sound Engineer
Alan Beavers Live Sound Engineer
Scott B. Bomar Composer
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