After eight years, hundreds of live shows, and four records that never got the radio airplay that could have given them the popularity they deserved, The Derailers made a bid for a piece of the mainstream their way with 2001's "Here Come The Derailers." Who could have known that, despite a record that finally shook them loose from the "retro" scarlet letter, a Sept. 11, 2001 release date would have put up one more barrier to the breakthrough they'd sought?
A year and a half later, The Derailers are back with their best record since 1997's "Reverb Deluxe," and the transformation into radio-friendly country band is complete as can be. Veteran Nashville producer Kyle Lehning returns, and the passage of time and experience gained, as well as a record replete with co-writes with outside writers, has transformed the old Derailers into the new.
The "Bakerspool/Liverfield" vibe is still there, sure enough (particularly on the two songs written by the band themselves, "Leave A Message Juanita,"and "Scratch My Itch"), but the satisfaction here is in how well the classic elements of The Derailers sound have been molded into a new, individual style. The Derailers are as true to their roots as they've always been, but they're no longer held down by them.