Tony Villanueva, singer, songwriter
Singer ~ Songwriter
The Derailers

Tony Villanueva

August 8, 1967, Eugene, OR

There were many fans and industry observers who thought the worst. Many figured when founding father Tony Villanueva left The Derailers, well, the band would follow their moniker by jumping the tracks and hitting the buffers. Wrong. Revamped and organized, The Derailers return with Soldiers Of Love. Several years back, Villanueva decided, after 11 long and road grueling years, the time had come to move to more genteel pursuits away from late-night honky tonks and loud crowds. More time with a growing family, more time to spend on refining his songwriting. There was also God. Born again, Villanueva felt a spiritual calling to follow a path into the ministry. He did, finding a pastoral calling in Texas. However, the band was not forsaken - salvation came with co-founder Brian Hofeldt. ~ Country Stars Online:The Derailers/Soldiers of Love ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 © Country Stars Online

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In their “natural habitat” of the Broken Spoke, the Derailers took the stage Friday for only their second show since founding singer-guitarist Tony Villanueva's New Year's Eve departure. […] Earlier, guitarist/vocalist Brian Hofeldt revealed the group's in no hurry to replace Villanueva: “Tony and I were singing together for 15 years, and in the Derailers for 11,” he said. “It's kind of like a divorce.” Albeit an amicable one: “He's still my buddy,” Hofeldt added. ~ The Austin Chronicle: TCB/Derailers' Concert Review ~ March 12, 2004 © The Austin Chronicle

The Derailers

some band info might not apply to Villanueva,
a member from 1993 through 2003

Villanueva once described the band's mission as one of exploring “the moan and the mournful harmonies” that inflect the most evocative country records. With influences ranging from Buck Owens to Merle Haggard, as well as honky tonk dance music and Texan western swing, within months of forming in 1993 the Derailers had been dubbed “the next big thing in Austin” by an enthusiastic local press impressed by their performances at the Continental Club and the Broken Spoke. The Austin-American Statesman went further still, analogizing the band's robust country sound as a “boot-stompin', hair raisin' good time that leaves the audience breathlessly happy.” ~ reprint via Derailers ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 © Encyclopedia Of Popular Music

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