The Derailers is an American country music band. The band was formed by Portland, Oregon natives Tony Villanueva and Brian Hofeldt in 1994 in Austin, Texas.
In 1995, the bands' first LP, Live Tracks was issued . It was the first release of the Austin-based independent label Freedom Records. Soon after the release the band became one of the most famous band at Austin's 1995 "South by Southwest" music festival, and the record became successful commercially within two months. This happnes at the time when “Americana” radio stations were beginning to multiply and several forms of non-mainstream country music were coming together such as Americana and alternative-country.
With the fans growing, the band signed with the more constituted Austin independent label Watermelon Records for their second release of their album "Jackpot" in 1996 and then moved to Sire Records for their third release with the album "Reverb Deluxe" in 1997. With the continuous tour across the U.S. and airplay on Americana radio stations, it contribute a very fast increasing fan base. In 1999, The Derailers signed with Curb Records for their first major-label release "Full Western Dress" which reach #69 on the Billboard Country chart. A single from this album, "The Right Place", arrived on the Billboard single charts at #71 and the video became one of the 50 most requested on Country Music Television in 2000.
Looking with greater success, the band switched to Sony’s Lucky Dog Records for their next release "Here Come the Derailers" and were combine with producer Kyle Lehning. This album was released on September 11, 2001. In 2002, a profile of the band on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition help moved the album in the top 50 on the Billboard country charts.