The Derailers At Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show - Nashville
Founded by Portland, Orgeon natives Tony Villanueva and Brian Hofeldt in 1994, country band The Derailers first released an album in ’95, Live Tracks. The album was the first release of the independent label Freedom Records, based out of Austin, Texas. Live Tracks made The Derailers one of the most talked about acts at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin in the same year. At the same time, Americana radio stations were multiplying as various forms of non-mainstream country music were becoming popular. The Derailers represented the “traditional honky-tonk” end of the sub-genre.