The Paladins from San Diego California are the preeminent blues/rockabilly band in America. Founded in 1980 by guitarist Dave Gonzalez and bass player Thomas Yearsley, they have recorded five singles, nine full Length studio records, and three live albums. Along the way they built a solid reputation as one of America's hardest-working and best live bands.
The Paladins helped pave the way for the Rockabilly craze of the early 1980s. Their tagline at the time was “Western & Bop”, as they played a combination of rockabilly and vintage country together with a blues groove. Their first LP, The Paladins, was released in 1987 and was produced by Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. They followed that up with Years Since Yesterday, released on Alligator Records in 1989 and produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin and Mark Linnet. When Let’s Buzz came out in 1990 the band was firmly planted as a headliners in showcase music clubs across the country and in Europe. The band also established themselves at numerous festivals, sharing bills with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Blasters, and Los Lobos. Let's Buzz, “an invigorating blend of rockabilly, blues, rhythm-and-blues, and country,” was recorded in the Los Angeles studio of 1970s soul star Leon Haywood, and is their largest selling record to date. Since that time six more critically acclaimed albums have come out. Most notably, their 1996 live album Million Mile Club, which fittingly marked the band’s one millionth mile traveled on the roads of the USA
The Paladins are one of the trailblazing pioneers of the California roots and rockabilly scene that took off in the 80s. The band formed in the late 70’s in San Diego when Dave Gonzalez and Thomas Yearsley were still in High School. They went on to play countless shows around the world and have record nine full-length albums, including “New World” released in 2017.
Recorded in August of 2019, and clocking in with over 90 minutes of music, Live at the Belly Up finds the band in fine form delivering a set that spans their entire catalog. From the opener “Power Shake” to the closing notes of “Mercy,” Live at the Belly Up proves The Paladins are still at the top of their game.
Run Time: 94+ Minutes