The Derailers

Under the Influence of Buck (Palo Duro)

Texas Platters

The Derailers

Under the Influence of Buck (Palo Duro)

Since the departure of co-founder Tony Villanueva in 2004, the Derailers have foundered a bit. Searching for a way to keep their Beatles-meets-Bakersfield sound together, they've reached back to a primary influence with this collection of 13 songs associated with honky-tonk immortal Buck Owens. Simultaneously reinvigorating themselves as well as fashioning an exceptionally listenable tribute to one of their biggest supporters, the Derailers prove they still can make music that touches the soul while setting dancing shoes to shuffle. There are some obvious choices -- "Love's Gonna Live Here," "My Heart Skips a Beat," "Together Again" -- but also some surprises, like an almost psychedelic "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass" and the sweetly swinging "Down on the Corner of Love." Villanueva's harmonies are still missed occasionally, but Brian Hofeldt does a capable re-creation of Owens' tenor twang, and the rest of the Austin quintet is more than accomplished enough to bring the Buckaroo's musical fervor to life with loving justice.


The 2021-2022 Austin Music Awards Music Poll is underway. Vote now for your favorite bands, venues, and music until January 31.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Kinky Friedman
Resurrection (Record Review)

Rick Weaver, Jan. 3, 2020

Texas Platters
The Beaumonts / Hickoids
This Is Austin, All the World's a Dressing Room (Record Review)

Kevin Curtin, Jan. 3, 2020

More by Jim Caligiuri
Carrie Elkin’s Life-and-Death Folk
Carrie Elkin’s Life-and-Death Folk
Her father's death and daughter's birth upped the stakes of the singer's finest work

April 14, 2017

SXSW Music Live: Richard Barone Presents Greenwich Village in the Sixties
SXSW Music Live: Richard Barone Presents Greenwich Village in the Sixties
Soft Boys, Youngbloods, Moby Grape, Brian Jones’ grandson, etc.

March 18, 2017


The Derailers, Under the Influence of Buck

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle