The Paladins

The Paladins

Along with other leading California roots and rockabilly trailblazers The Blasters and Los Lobos, The Paladins helped pave the way for the rockabilly craze of the early 1980s with their vintage, country/blues-tinged style dubbed “Western & Bop.”  Formed by guitarist/vocalist Dave Gonzalez and double bassist Thomas Yearsley while they were attending high school in San Diego in the late ‘70s, The Paladins now classic trio – including longtime drummer Brian Fahey – continues to win over audiences with riveting live shows and old-school approach to rockin’ R&B, blues and rockabilly. Known as a music critic’s favorite, they keep audiences on their toes, often swapping instruments and inviting fans on stage to play with the band. Their first LP, ‘The Paladins,’ was released in 1986 and produced by Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. They followed that up with 1989s ‘Years Since Yesterday,’ released on Alligator Records and. produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin and Mark Linnet. Their largest selling record to date – 1990s ‘Let’s Buzz’ – was recorded in the LA studio of 1970s soul star Leon Haywood (who also played keyboards on the album) and garnered a “Best Rock ‘n’ Roll/Original Music” nomination at the 1990 Entertainer Music Awards. This helped firmly plant The Paladins as headliners in clubs across the country and in Europe, plus sharing bills at major festivals with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Blasters, X, The Stray Cats and Los Lobos.  Since that time, they have reunited to headline select European and US shows and released six more critically acclaimed albums. Most notably, their 1996 live album ‘Million Mile Club,’ which fittingly marked the band’s millionth mile traveled on the roads of the USA. Four-plus decades strong, The Paladins vintage sound, non-stop intensity and refined musicianship keep getting better with age. More info and videos at luxrecordsusa.com