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  • Audio CD (July 31, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Palo Duro Records
  • ASIN: B000SLYE1W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Foolin Around
2. Under the Influence of Love
3. Love's Gonna Live Here
4. Together Again
5. My Heart Skips a Beat
6. I've Got a Tiger By The Tail
7. Cryin' Time
8. Before You Go
9. Sam's Place
10. Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass
11. Down on the Corner of Love
12. Johnny B Goode
13. Big in Vegas

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The Derailers came along in the 90's with a hybrid of Bakersfield country and 60's rock and roll with the end results being astonishing. Big guitars and great songs made them stand out to both country and rock fans. This is music with grit and polish at the same time. Their albums should be essential listening to any music fan but the real treat is seeing them live. The Derailers take you to another dimension where you, the band and their music become one...they are that good!- Terry Currier, Music Millennium.

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There was a time when every Derailers album could have carried this title, since the band owes as much to Buck Owens as fellow Austinites Asleep at the Wheel do to Bob Wills. Since the departure of Tony Villanueva and the ascension of co-founder Brian Hofeldt as the band's sole frontman, the music has gotten a little more eclectic, but this return to their Bakersfield roots should delight longtime fans. Whether reviving familiar fare such as "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" and the pedal-steel weeper "Cryin' Time" or unearthing comparative obscurities such as "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass," the band from a younger generation than Buck's is more faithful in spirit than concerned with providing a note-for-note recreation. There's as much of a twang in Hofeldt's phrasing as there is in the guitars supporting him. And in the chorus of "Love's Gonna Live Here," you'd swear he's singing "Buck's Gonna Live Here"--and Buck does. --Don McLeese

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This is a very atmospheric and mostly very listenable album.
David Bradford
The Derailers respect and love of Buck Owens & his great music are shown well in this album.
Texas Mo
Any Buck Owens fan or anyone who likes good old country music will love this cd.
Larry R. Smith

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on September 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
With this 13-track tribute to the music of Buck Owens, the Derailers return to their Bakersfield roots. Formed in Austin in the mid-90s, the Derailers were Owens' most vocal enthusiasts throughout the last years of his career. They covered his songs live and on disc, and performed at his birthday parties and his club (The Crystal Palace). Owens was an inspiration, mentor and colleague to the young band. Their studio debut (1996's excellent "Jackpot") featured the same joie de vivre that made the Buckaroos classic '60s singles and LPs so exciting. Lead vocalist/guitarists Brian Hofeldt and Tony Villanueva rediscovered the thrill of blazing through the haze of a honky-tonk with twin Telecasters, singing heartfelt, plainspoken songs of love and loss. The Derailers wrote some of the best Buck Owens songs not actually written by Buck Owens.

As the band's career developed they followed some of Owens' other musical leads, integrating pop and rock sounds and beats. They signed briefly with Sire, then with Sony's short-lived Lucky Dog imprint and finally with Sony themselves. Paired with Nashville producers and songwriters, their releases gained a slickness that diluted the sting of their Bakersfield roots. Villanueva left the band at the end of 2003 (eventually returning to his Oregon hometown to become a pastor), and Hofeldt retrenched by adding a full-time steel guitarist and pianist. The resulting album (2006's "Soldiers of Love") featured a mixture of country twang, jangly pop, rockabilly and blues that didn't always feel cohesive; more a tour through Brian Hofeldt's ecelectic influences than the vision of a band.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Texas Mo on August 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Derailers respect and love of Buck Owens & his great music are shown well in this album. They make the music their own, while still keeping the music pure Buck Owens. The vocals are so well done, that at times you may forget it's not Buck behind the microphone. A great CD, especially for fans of the late, great Buck Owens & REAL country music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Sommervold on September 1, 2007
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An excellent collection of some of Buck's Best! Who else but the Derailers could pull off these songs as well? No one - that's who! Brian handles the vocals and guitar parts very well. I only wish Tony would've been on this CD too. To me, Tony and Brian really make the Derailers what they are. This CD gets by only because Brian sounds more like Buck than Tony would have. Overall tho, I am very pleased with this CD, and continue to be impressed by the Derailers.
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By David Bradford on December 20, 2007
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The Derailers doing a Buck Owens tribute was as likely-- and as welcome--as kd lang doing a Patsy Kline tribute. The influence of Bakersfield on the Derailers has been evident since their first album in the mid-nineties.

"Under the Influence of Buck" is comprised of twelve Buck Owens originals and, to round out the baker's dozen, "Johnny B. Goode," a tune that Owens frequently covered.

The Derailers take no liberties with Owens' music and they offer nothing new in the way of interpretation. This is as earnest and straight-ahead a tribute as you'll find, a literal reading of the Buck Owens setlist. But whatever the Derailers intentionally lack in innovation and interpretation, they more than compensate for in enthusiasm, spirit and exceptional musicianship.

The lead story here is the skill and interplay of pedal steel player Chris Schlotzhauer and six string player Brian Hofeldt. The pairing of the two results in some of the best honky tonk licks since Dwight Yokum's Bakersfield-inspired work of the late eighties.

There's some "Hee Haw" cornball pieces like "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass" and "Tiger by the Tail," but there's some surprisingly introspective work, too: "Big In Vegas" conveys yearning, loss and a persistence of dreams of stardom that would work well in any country set. The song is oddly but effectively showcased here, set among 12 other songs that are unwaveringly earthy and direct. There's also a great little "easter egg" concluding the CD: an unlisted and fiddle solo (an Owens composition "Cajun Fiddle" performed by Haydn Vitera) that serves as a coda for the album and a suitable epitaph for the man himself.

This is a very atmospheric and mostly very listenable album. It's the album that the Derailers--a great bar band in the tradition of Commander Cody--was destined to make.

Note: Copyright 2007 Elmore Magazine and reprinted with permission.
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By Eugene L. Debortole on February 4, 2014
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LOVE IT.................. 120%. EXCELLENT RENDITIONS OF BUCK'S MUSIC. THIS ALSO SHOWS THE ROOTS OF THE DERAILERS AND DEMONSTRATES THEIR ABILITY TO KEEP THE "BAKERSFIELD SOUND" GOING.
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Overall a good fun Bakersfield sound band. I agree with another review which states that they are redoing Buck's songs, trying to do them just like Buck. They do a good job, but when you want to hear an old Buck song, it is hard to beat the original. I think the way Dwight covered his songs better, he added his own twangy flair... not going for a duplicate.
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By longhorndon on February 16, 2013
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If you like Buck Owens you surely appreciate this awesome album from a awesome Austin Texas Band. The Derailers are greatness.
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By Gregory J. Burton on December 9, 2012
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I've had a few CD's of The Derailers, and I find them to be great talent. They really shine on this one. I'd recommend it highly. I'm going to give music for a few Christmas presents this year!
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