My guests today are The Derailers, one of the best honky-tonk bands of all time. Part Bakersfield Sound, part Mersey Beat, part Texas swagger. The Derailers make infectious classic country music that makes people and dance and feel happy.
Formed in Austin in 1994, the group rose to prominence during the turn of the millennium, a time when honky-tonk music was gaining mainstream attention nationwide. Today, they are an Austin institution and mainstays at Austin’s Broken Spoke, the greatest honky-tonk in the known universe.
The group’s roster has changed a number of times, but founder Brian Hofeldt (guitar, vocals) has been with the band through it all. He leads the band as well as our conversation during this episode. Members Basil McJagger (Keys), Bracken Hale (Bass and vocals) and Karen Biller (Drums) also join the conversation to talk about the band’s history and perform two new songs. After six years without releasing a record, the Derailers are ready to return to the studio to record a new EP in early 2017.