The Derailers, Tammy Cochran, Robert Gordon/Chris Spedding release new discs
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
– The Derailers, Tammy Cochran and Robert Gordon and Chris Spedding top the list of country releases this week.
The Derailers, of Austin, always had Buck Owens to cite as an influence in their mix of Bakersfield meets The Beatles. Here, they go full tilt with an entire album devoted to the late Buck. Songs include "Love's Gonna Live Here," "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" and "Sam's Place."
Cochran, an Ohio native, had a hit with "Angels in Waiting," in 2001 on Sony. The song was about her two late brothers, who died of cystic fibrosis. Cochran is on Shanachie now, although she released this disc on her own before Shanachie picked it up for distribution.
Rockabilly singer Robert Gordon and ace guitarist Chris Spedding unite for the first time in more than 20 years on this 15-song tribute to Elvis. Gordon is best known for "Red Hot," while Spedding has been a guitar ace from England for decades. Elvis' backing singers, The Jordanaires, turn in the same trick here. Songs include "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," "My Baby Left Me" and "Peace In the Valley."
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It'd be hard to think of a better title for a Derailers tribute to Buck Owens, because the band has been unabashedly under the influence of Buck since its beginnings. That's not to say that, palpable as that influence has been, it has been the Derailers' only inspiration, however, or that the band has been nothing more than a Buckaroos epigone. On the contrary, the band has steadily developed its sound over the course of its recording career, rendering whatever force that claim ...
The math on the new Derailers is complex - start with a four-piece band, subtract one front man and divide his duties between the other lead and the new producer, then add two new musicians and a new label. Fortunately for fans, it all adds up to a solid return to form.
Casting off the slick sounds of their recent major label efforts, this returns to the '50s and '60s for influences from rock and roll, rockabilly, jive and Bakersfield. Newcomer Chris Schlotzhauer's pedal steel ...
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?
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