Small Town Spotlight: Derek Victor

Haydentown, PA native Derek Victor may be from a small town, but his dreams are big. At the young age of two, Derek got his very first drum set and it wasn’t long after that when he received his first guitar. The cards must have been already dealt for Derek especially since his father played bass in a bluegrass band called Buck Fever.

Derek’s uncle was also in a well known band called Abilene, so as you can see, music runs in his blood. Derek’s influences include amazing artists such as The Peach Pickers, Jason Aldean and Garth Brooks. Although he has been playing in bars for the last seven years now, it’s his construction job that really puts food on the table.

As I joined him at a bar in Rippon, WV called Rainbow Road (which is known for having legendary artists such as Patsy Cline) I was unsure what I was going to find. However, when the lights went down and the band started to play, I noticed real talented standing before me. The bar was packed full of country music fans who couldn’t wait to do some line dancing. Derek performed cover songs such as Jason Aldean’s “Crazy Town” and Jamey Johnson’s “In Color.”

His vocals were incredible and his stage presence was just right. Wearing a blue Tootsie’s t-shirt and a ball cap, it was clear to me he was ready to tear down the house…..and he did just that. I was blown away by his amazing voice, and even more amazed at his knowledge and love for classic country music. Although he mostly performs cover songs, Derek plans to work on more original music for 2014.

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Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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