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The Texas country-dance band the Derailers will play Friday at Entrada Business Park as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.
Not only will it be Holiday Inn Express and LA Food Co-op Night, but also KTAOS FM 101.9 will be there and Deborah and Russ Gordon will celebrate her 38th wedding anniversary.
“I’m gonna help her celebrate since I was there in Petaluma, Calif., 38 years ago,” Gordon said. I remember that day very well and I also remember Aug. 21, 2009.”
On Aug. 21, 2009 the Derailers last played Los Alamos. According to Gordon, they put on a great concert, but at 9:15 p.m. the band said they would play their last song.
“Their contract said they’d play ’til 10 p.m. and I sighed and grumbled to myself, ‘C’mon guys, don’t you love music and performing? You’ve been doing this great show, keep on rocking in the free world,” Gordon said.
The Derailers started the “last song” at 9:15 p.m. and played a medley until 10:10 p.m.
This is what tremendous, music loving, professional showmen know how to do. Leave ’em screaming for more,” Gordon said. “I’m not promising a 55-minute medley, but I do promise a tremendous show. Just like a great baseball game, don’t leave ’til the game’s over.”
Gordon said the Shinyribs had a tremendous finale last week. The Ski Hill show with Chuck Prophet left everyone yelling after their three-song encore.
“The Red Elvises know how to entertain and so do the Derailers. The show ain’t over ’til this fat man sings. I realize that people often must leave early but you’ve been advised, the Derailers put on a heckuva show and you should catch it,” Gordon said.
The Derailers play pure honky-tonk. They’re Austin, Texas-based, but they’re from Portland, Ore. and Houston, Texas.
The sound is Bakersfield, made famous by acts like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, the Maddox Brothers with sister Rose, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Creedence Clearwater.
“It’s very twangy but with a rock swagger and acts often dress in very cool western suits,” Gordon said.
The Derailers play originals and cover songs.
“If you like country dancing, two-steppin’ and hold your baby close ballads come to the Entrada Business Park,” Gordon said. “That’s why I scheduled our anniversary on this night or vice-versa. I see they’re building something new there. Want to know what their building? Come to the dance.”
July 27 will be Los Alamos National Bank Night with Bobby Keys (of the Stones) and the Attitudes.
For more information, visit derailers.com, gordonssummerconcerts.com and myspace.com/bobbykeys.