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The Lost Trailers
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.[1]
Genres Country
Years active 2000-present
Labels Two State Brothers, Republic/Universal, BNA
Associated acts Zac Brown Band, Willie Nelson
Website Official Website
Ryder Lee
Manny Medina
Andrew Nielson
Stokes Nielson
Jeff Potter

The Lost Trailers is an American country music band. Established in 2000, the band comprises Ryder Lee (lead vocals), Manny Medina (bass guitar), Andrew Nielson (keyboards), Stokes Nielson (vocals, lead guitar), and Jeff Potter (drums). Originally known as Stokes Nielson and The Lost Trailers, the band made its debut at a Fourth of July picnic held by country singer Willie Nelson. That year, The Lost Trailers self-released its debut album Story of the New Age Cowboy, followed in 2002 by Trailer Trash, followed by 2004's Welcome to the Woods on Universal/Republic. After switching to BNA Records in 2006, the band issued a self-titled effort, which produced the singles "Call Me Crazy" and "Why Me", both of which entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. A fifth album, Holler Back, was released in August 2008, producing a Top Ten country hit in its title track and a Top 20 in "How 'Bout You Don't".



Stokes Nielson and Ryder Lee began writing and producing music together while both were attending Episcopal High School (Alexandria, Virginia) in Alexandria, Virginia.[2] Their first album together was the self-issued The Story of the New Age Cowboy in 2000.[3] Initially, Ryder and Stokes worked with a bass guitarist and a drummer, forming a group known as Stokes Nielson & The Lost Trailers (later shortened to The Lost Trailers). The name was derived from the fact that the band's equipment trailers had been stolen on three separate occasions.[3][4]

At the time, Stokes Nielson was also working as a disc jockey for a radio station in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2000, after an on-air interview with Willie Nelson, Stokes offered him a demo version of The Lost Trailers' material. Nelson then offered the band an opportunity to play at a Fourth of July picnic, which he held annually in Texas.[3] Stokes took to the role of lead singer, while Ryder played keyboards and provided backing vocals.[5] Stoke and Ryder met Cam at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA where the three attended high school. The band toured throughout the east coast, touring with bands such as Dispatch and Virginia Coalition, to name a few. Their later sound would mark a notable departure from their early indie-country-rock roots.

Eventually, the band's membership was later finalized with Stokes' younger brother, Andrew, on keyboards, Jeff Potter on drums, and Manny Medina on bass guitar.[3] The band then gained a following throughout the Southeast and Texas, performing more than 200 shows yearly.[3]

First albums

In 2002, The Lost Trailers recorded their second album, entitled Trailer Trash. A third album, Welcome to the Woods, followed two years later on Universal/Republic Records, although its only single failed to chart. Record producer Blake Chancey, who has worked with the Dixie Chicks and Waylon Jennings, saw the band perform at a concert in Fort Worth, Texas, and offered to work with them. Renee Bell, a talent executive for BNA Records, had also seen The Lost Trailers perform at another concert. She then recommended the band to the label's president, and The Lost Trailers were signed to a recording contract with BNA in 2006.[2] Their first chart single, "Chicken Fried", was released in early 2006, peaking at #53 on the Hot Country Songs charts. This single was withdrawn because Zac Brown, who wrote the song, had changed his mind about licensing it to the label, and he wanted to record the song himself.[6] Brown ultimately recorded the song as a member of the Zac Brown Band, whose rendition was a Number One hit in late 2008.

"Chicken Fried" was then withdrawn and replaced with "Call Me Crazy", which went on to peak at #43. Following it was "Why Me", which reached #45. These latter two songs were both included on The Lost Trailers' self-titled album for BNA, which was issued in August of that year.[7]


In 2008, The Lost Trailers went on a nationwide tour with fellow country music artists Keith Anderson and Chris Young.[8] The band's fourth single for BNA, "Holler Back", was released in early 2008.[9] "Holler Back", which reached #9 on the country charts in late 2008, is also the title track to the band's second album for BNA. The band was also nominated for Top New Vocal Duo or Group and Top Vocal Group at the 2009 Academy of Country Music awards.[10]

Following "Holler Back" was "How 'bout You Don't", which was released in October and peaked in the Top 20. "All This Love" was originally to have been the third single, but after "Country Folks Livin' Loud" charted as an album cut, it was sent to radio as the third single instead. They have been nominated again for the 2010 Academy of Country Music Top New Vocal Group.

The group has also been confirmed that they are working on their next album, due for release late 2010. The first single is expected in Summer 2010.




Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US US Heat
2000 Story of the New Age Cowboy
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Two State Brothers
2002 Trailer Trash
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: self-released
2004 Welcome to the Woods
2006 The Lost Trailers 46 16
2008 Holler Back
  • Released: August 26, 2008
  • Label: BNA Records
5 32
"—" denotes the album failed to chart


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US CAN Country
2004 "Down in the Valley" Welcome to the Woods
2006 "Chicken Fried" 52 single only
"Call Me Crazy" 43 The Lost Trailers
"Why Me" 45
2008 "Holler Back" 9 66 36 Holler Back
"How 'bout You Don't" 17 104
2009 "Country Folks (Livin' Loud)" 36
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country
2009 "All This Love" 55 Holler Back

Music videos

Year Video Director
2006 "Call Me Crazy" Traci Goudie
"Why Me" Eric Welch
2008 "Holler Back" Tyson Wisbrock
2009 "How 'Bout You Don't"
"Country Folks (Livin' Loud)" Harrison Tobin/The Lost Trailers


  1. ^ Fabian, Shelly. "The Lost Trailers - Biography of the Country Group The Lost Trailers". Country Music Guide. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  2. ^ a b "The Lost Trailers". Red Light Management. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Brown, Marisa. "The Lost Trailers biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  4. ^ Neal, Chris (2007-09-11). "Who's New: The Lost Trailers". Country Weekly 13 (19): 72. 
  5. ^ Miller, David. "The Lost Trailers The Story Of The New Age Cowboy". 
  6. ^ Tucker, Ken (2006-03-15). "BNA Forced To Swap Trailers' Single". Radio Monitor. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  7. ^ Cronin, Peter (2006-10-04). "New Artist Spotlight: The Lost Trailers". Angry Country. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  8. ^ Betts, Stephen (2008-01-04). "Keith Anderson Says C'mon 2008". Country Hound. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  9. ^ Nielson, Stokes (2008-02-05). "Hey Ya'll from the snowy Midwest". Band Journal. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  10. ^ "Nominees". Academy of Country Music. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 

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