Events In and Around Littlehampton
Los Pacaminos with Paul Young
26 September 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm£23
Placing themselves squarely in the Americana genre, Los Pacaminos must be the first Tex-Mex band to have formed in the UK.
They formed in 1992 to appease Paul Young‘s desire to be part of a band again (a la The Q-Tips), pick up a guitar again, and not be the centre of attention. Although initially setting out to play the Tex-Mex style of artists Ry Cooder and the Texas Tornados, other border music has crept in to the mix over their 28 years.
Lead vocals are mostly shared between Paul, Jamie & Drew with songs being specifically written/chosen for each person’s personality. The other band members are: guitarist Jamie Moses (Queen, Tom Jones, Mike & The Mechanics, The Pretenders), songwriter Drew Barfield (The Keys, The Big Heat, songs for Joe Jackson, Paul Young, Level 42, Cathy Dennis), pedal steel guitarist Melvin Duffy (Squeeze, Robbie Williams, First Aid Kit, The Waterboys, Ray Davies), bassist Stevie Greetham (Paul Young, Joan Armatrading, Tim Finn, Julia Fordham), drummer Mark Pinder (Paul Young, Alison Moyet) and newest member on accordion/keys Steve “Woody” Oakman (Paul McCartney, Chris Montez, Little Eva, Tony Christie).
The band’s shelf-life was expected to be short, as all members had other bands and projects, but the draw proved irresistible and Los Pacaminos’ gigs were squeezed into as many gaps as possible.
After pressure from the growing fan base, they recorded their first album Los Pacaminos, shortly after their first e.p. Shadows On The Rise gained heavy rotation on the UK’s first Country Music Station. The self-titled album had 12 all-original songs which gained rave reviews.
A Fistful Of Statins followed in 2016, which includes a Mariachi-inspired version of the Bee Gees’ Words among their self-penned songs of life on the border. With two live albums also under their belt, they are fast earning the reputation of being the best live band on the circuit today.