The Lost Trailers, best known for their 2008 hit “Holler Back,” will stop hollering as a group before the end of 2010.
The band announced on Friday that it would “finish out touring commitments” with the members moving on to separate careers by the end of the year. Nowhere in the release did the Trailers use the words “splitting” or “breaking up,” but a label representative confirmed that the band will indeed cease to exist once it closes out its current schedule. The latest date listed on the Trailers’ website is a Sept. 11 concert in South Jacksonville, Ill.
“I’m thrilled to finish playing out the shows on the calendar for our fans,” lead singer Ryder Lee said. “We’ve been blessed to have their unending support over the years.”
Ryder and songwriter Stokes Nielson formed the first link in the Trailers when they performed together in a Virginia high school. The band came together by gradually adding in drummer Jeff Potter, keyboard player Andrew Nielson and bass player Manny Medina. The Trailers secured a key early appearance when Willie Nelson invited them to play on one of his Fourth of July Picnics in Austin. Eventually, the group opened for the likes of Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, who folded them and Lady Antebellum into the first part of his current Southern Voice Tour. In February, they were nominated in the first round of voting for the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Vocal Group award.
“We started this band as a bunch of high school friends with a dream of making music, and we’ve taken that dream to incredible places that have opened a lot of doors for us,” Stokes said. “I look forward to thanking the fans on our tour dates throughout this year; they’ve always been there for us.”
In 2006, the Trailers released a version of “Chicken Fried,” though the single was eventually withdrawn. The song went on to become the breakthrough release for the Zac Brown Band. ZBB released its version as the Trailers were making waves with “Holler Back,” the band’s only single that reached the Top 10. It was most easily identified by a line about “all the cowgirls shakin’ their sassafras.” Their follow-up, “How ‘Bout You Don’t,” peaked in the Top 20.
Among the band’s remaining dates are approximately a dozen stops with the Country Throwdown Tour, a multi-act lineup that includes such artists as Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Jack Ingram and the Eli Young Band.
While the Trailers will no longer be hitched contractually, the individual members expect to keep working.
“I’m very much looking forward to the next phase of my career,” Ryder said.