The Derailers

Reverb Deluxe

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As FM country gets safer and safer, turning into mere confection, there is a rising tide of "insurgent country" and other hardcore twangers, a band of ruffian camp followers raising their heads from all corners. Claiming allegiance to the tougher Bakersfield sound exhibited by Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and more during the '50s and '60s, the Derailers are a shiny rhinestone in the country & western belt. Listeners are taken into a rowdy honky tonk with the Derailers' male harmonies and strong upright bass. This disc also features plenty of steel guitar from guest musician Scott Walls, who should be signed on as a permanent member. His contributions add the necessary validity and melodic commentary to make this recording classic-sounding and worth obtaining. There are only three covers present, "I Don't Believe I'll Fall in Love Today," "No One to Talk To (But the Blues)," and a cleverly countrified "Raspberry Beret," but any one of their swinging originals holds up as well as a tried traditional.

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