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The Paladins Play The Pond At 7 p.m. Today!

on September 1, 2017 - 6:15pm
The Paladins play the pond at 7 p.m. today. Courtesy photo
 
By RUSS GORDON
Concert Promoter

At 7 p.m. today, we’ll be at Ashley Pond and the show is free and you should bring your own chairs and maybe an umbrella.

The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series show will be Smith’s Marketplace Night. Our band is the great San Diego act, The Paladins (www.paladinsband.com, www.rockabilly.net/paladins and, you can hear lots of their music on www.youtube.com.)

The Los Angeles Times say the Paladins are “…one of the most powerful roots-rocking groups in the nation. Undoubtedly one of the best live bands to sweat upon a stage, the Paladins is the real stuff.” They will be sweating at Ashley Pond and we’ll be grooving!!

The band formed in the late 1970s in San Diego when their guitarist, Dave Gonzalez and their bassist, Thomas Yearsley were high school friends. Thomas loved the Count Basie Band and they both loved B.B. King. Dave loved Buck Owens and Thomas loved jazz. They both loved T-Bone Walker, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, the Stones and Elvis. They felt they should mix it all and this became the sound of the Paladins. They weren’t mainstream. They didn’t get a lot of radio play until the mid ‘80s. Nobody even knew the term rockabilly.

When they finally started to become somewhat famous, Los Angeles had its own alt-rock sound with acts like Dwight Yoakam, Los Lobos, the Blasters, X, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, Candye Kane, the Stray Cats, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Paladins. The Paladins played rockabilly revival, roots rock, modern electric blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock ‘n’ roll. Dave and Thomas’ band became the preeminent blues/rockabilly band in America. The Paladins are rowdy, gutsy, gritty and passionate.

Our band has recorded five singles, 10 full length records and 3 live albums. All this music was critically acclaimed. The group has traveled over a million miles in the USA going to gigs. Their 1996 live album was titled, “Million Mile Club.”

It looked like the band was gonna break-up in 2004. Dave Gonzalez decided to focus on his other musical interests. He formed a western-soul band, the Hacienda Brothers with his good  friend, Chris Gaffney. The LA Summer Concert Series booked the band in 2008 but before they could get out here, Chris Gaffney died of cancer. In 2009, Dave’s new band, the Stone River Boys made it to the Pond for a fantastic concert. It was one of the best concerts we’ve produced in town. I still have the T-shirt!

In 2010, the Paladins were getting requests to reunite for major festivals in Europe and America. The Paladins are back and Los Alamos is in the right sight and we’re available at the right time to bring the great band, the Paladins to town. Since I only plan on having two more concerts before I retire, I figured I’d bring in the Paladins and then on Sept. 8, Metales M5 the Mexican Brass (www.metalesm5.com.) The Metales M5 concert will be Los Alamos Concert Association Night (www.losalamosconcert.org.)

I hope that you can catch these last two shows. LA County is planning a big tadoo on Sept. 8 to wish my wife, Deborah and I a pleasant future or something like that.

I sure have loved bringing these 28 years of concerts to y’all.


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