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Biography and Career
Born October 13, 1979 in Fort Worth, Texas to radio icon Randy Hames and wife Cindy Hames. Derek moved to Houston at an early age and began as a teenager playing in area bands Three-Car Garage, Clockwork Orange, and Red Scare with current Randy Rogers Band guitarist Geoffrey Hill before writing, producing, and releasing an album with college-rock band Potter's Field in 1997.
Shortly after moving back to Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for college at TCU, Derek co-founded American rock band 60 Foot Sammy in 1999. After being nominated for Dallas Rock Band of the Year, the band worked with Grammy-nominated British record producer John Ravenhall and released their debut album, "Falling From Five Stories," internationally on London-based label Right Recordings. Their single, “Do I,” garnered airplay on BBC Radio and developed a worldwide cult following.
After stints in Texas bands Threewise, E-Flat Johnny, and New Southern Democrats, Hames formed Rampart Recordings in 2009 with fellow Sammy veteran and audio engineer John Shelton and father/Marconi Award winning broadcaster Randy Hames (formerly Irv Harrigan of KILT-FMs Hudson & Harrigan Show in Houston).
As a record producer, Hames is currently working on Rampart’s two debut artists: Dallas-based country artist Blu Swayze  and Houston’s indie roots rock band The Railbirds.