- Holler Back
By: Brianna Nightingale, CSO Staff Journalist
history of the Lost Trailers began years ago when Ryder Lee and
Stokes Nielson met in a church band. Realizing that they each had
their hearts set on making music, they formed a band and called it
“Ryder Stokes.” The two boys convinced a friend, Jeff Potter, to
play drums, recruited Stokes’ younger brother to play bass guitar,
and were on their way to success, whether they knew it or not. After
shifting Stokes’ younger brother Andrew from bass guitar to keyboard
and harmonica, as well as adding Manny Medina on bass, the band was
complete and ready to tour.
Eventually, Willie Nelson discovered them while they were playing
out on the road; he was greatly impressed with the talent and energy
put into their live show. One thing led to another, and in what may
or may not have seemed like a short time, they graduated from a van
to a bus, changed their band name and learned everything about each
Realizing the importance of pleasing fans, they decided it was time
to record an album. After taking six months off from touring to
create their debut album with SONY, the band has a product that they
are happy with. “We poured all of that energy that would have gone
into performing live, and put it on this record,” Lee said.
“Everything we have done for the last seven years has led to this
Holler Back includes ten songs that define
who these guys are. Several of the songs were written by Stokes; a
few were co-written with Ryder, and some others just captured their
hearts and found their way to this album one way or another.
very powerful song on the album is “How Bout You Don’t,” written by
Stokes, Vicky McGehee and Jeremy Stover. Musicians know that
balancing life on the road and life at home is extremely difficult.
“This song is about never giving up on true love,” Stokes said on
the band’s website. “For me, this is Ryder Lee’s greatest vocal
performance ever. I’ve been listening to Ryder sing since high
school, but I’ve never heard him like this.”
Back,” the band’s first single off the album, is “a fun song that
captures the element of our live show which is really important to
us,” according to the lead vocalist.
my favorite songs on the album are “Country Folks,” co-written by
band mates Stokes and Ryder, and “Blacktop Road,” written by Brett
Beavers, John Bettis and Ryan Tyndell. The inspirational “Blacktop
Road” not only carries a motivational message but also has a catchy
melody, like the rest of the songs on Holler Back.
country album needs reminiscent songs similar to “Things You Don’t
Grow Out Of” and “Summer Of Love,” about growing up and falling in
love for the first time.
they heard “The Rest of Us” for the first time, The Lost Trailers
were especially impressed with the chorus of this song, and believe
that it demonstrates Potter at his best, while “All This Love”
illustrates Ryder at his.
“Gravy,” written by Stokes, is one way for the band to thank Willie
Nelson for all he has done for them. Written about an issue close to
Nelson’s heart, Stokes said “This is our ode to the man who
discovered us and gave us our first shot.”
person involved in the music business knows that the phrase “put in
your dues” is often heard in Nashville. The Lost Trailers have
certainly done that by performing, writing songs and creating a
loyal fan base over the past seven years. They have worked hard to
get to this point, and they seem to be loving every minute of it.
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