The Los Pacaminos Story

 
Los Pacaminos got together in London in November 1992, as an antidote to the bleak English winter
 
Originally formed as an opportunity to play their shared passion of the Border, Tex-Mex and Americana music that the members of the band love, they started as a practice band playing when other musical commitments allowed- top musicians just playing for fun. Word got around as word does and soon the band started playing gigs.

At least one member of this highly respected group will be very familiar. Los Pacaminos is fronted by one of the UK's finest and best loved vocalists - Paul Young. However, Paul is not the only luminary in this seven piece band. Some of the best musicians in the business have teamed up to present an incendiary mix of classics and original material.

Paul says - "Los Pacaminos started out just for fun, playing simply for the pleasure of it, and it just took off from there. What's really nice is that everyone else in the band can sing too, and they do, all in their own different styles. It's real bar room stuff, foot stompers, not too many slow songs - a real party atmosphere."

Tex-Mex music is somewhere between the Mariachi and Norteno styles of Mexico and the Country/Blues sounds of South-West America. The band empathises with Ry Cooder, Flaco Jimenez, The Texas Tornados and Los Lobos. Mix that together with blues, rock 'n' roll and a hint of South American music and you have Los Pacaminos. Their set includes songs like 'Wooly Bully', 'La Bamba' and sometimes, if enough tequila is flowing, even 'Speedy Gonzales'.

The Band members are some of the best known names in the music industry, from a variety of backgrounds. They've covered all kinds of music, but the unifying factor is that they all have played in Paul Young's bands through the 80's and 90's. Their friendships stretch back 20 to 30 years, and it's these long term connections that underpin the very special atmosphere generated at a Los Pacaminos show. Members of the audience are often invited onstage to join the guys in a slug of Tequila.

You'll be in good company, so put your blues on cruise and come join the Tex-Mex party...

Lead Vocals/Guitar/Bajo Sexto: Paul Young

Lead Vocals/Guitar/Bajo Sexto: Paul Young
Paul needs little introduction...from his days with Q-Tips to his number one solo hits "Wherever I Lay My Hat", "Come Back and Stay", "Every Time You Go Away" and many others.

Lead Vocals/Guitar/Bajo Sexto: Paul Young Paul needs little introduction...from his days with Q-Tips to his number one solo hits "Wherever I Lay My Hat", "Come Back and Stay", "Every Time You Go Away" and many others.

Matt Irving - RIP Amigo

Our dear friend and Pacamino Matty Irving...click the photo for more.

Our dear friend and Pacamino Matty Irving...click the photo for more.

Lead Vocals/Guitar: Drew Barfield

From A&M siginings The Keys and The Big Heat, Drew has written songs for Go West, Joe Jackson, Paul Young and Level 42.

From A&M siginings The Keys and The Big Heat, Drew has written songs for Go West, Joe Jackson, Paul Young and Level 42.

Lead Vocals/Guitar/Mandolin: Jamie Moses

An accomplished session player who has played with Sir Tom Jones and Queen, he has also worked with The Pretenders, Mike and the Mechanics, Chaka Khan, Gary Barlow, Tony Hadley, Pete Townsend and Dave Stewart to name but a few.

An accomplished session player who has played with Sir Tom Jones and Queen, he has also worked with The Pretenders, Mike and the Mechanics, Chaka Khan, Gary Barlow, Tony Hadley, Pete Townsend and Dave Stewart to name but a few.

Pedal Steel Guitar: Melvin Duffy

Probably the finest young pedal steel guitar player in Britain. His credits include Jimmy Nail, Leo Sayer and Deana Carter. Recent tours include First Aid Kit, Chris Difford and Robbie Williams.

Probably the finest young pedal steel guitar player in Britain. His credits include Jimmy Nail, Leo Sayer and Deana Carter. Recent tours include First Aid Kit, Chris Difford and Robbie Williams.

Bass/Vocals: Steve Greetham

Steve has worked with Joan Armatrading, Paul Young and Julia Fordham.

Steve has worked with Joan Armatrading, Paul Young and Julia Fordham.

Bass/Vocals: David Levy

A fine bassist who has played with Roachford,  Rory Gallagher, Chris De Burgh and many others.

A fine bassist who has played with Roachford, Rory Gallagher, Chris De Burgh and many others.

Drums/Percussion: Mark Pinder

Several renowned cult acts claimed Mark's services including the Vampire Bats and Zaine Griff before he headed off to join Paul Young and Alison Moyet.

Several renowned cult acts claimed Mark's services including the Vampire Bats and Zaine Griff before he headed off to join Paul Young and Alison Moyet.

Drums/Percussion: Jim Russell

An in-demand session drummer whose credits include Scotty Moore, Elvis Costello, The Human League and Bob Geldof.

An in-demand session drummer whose credits include Scotty Moore, Elvis Costello, The Human League and Bob Geldof.

Honorary Pacaminos that have served include
caballeros and desperados such as;

 
Toby Chapman, Hamish Stuart, Midge Ure, Tom Jaworski, John Tonks, Nick Evans, Tex Comer, Danny Cummings, Jim Cregan, Alan Dunn, Steve Simpson, Big Jim Widdop, Robbie McKintosh, Matt Backer, Paul "Feeling It" Stewart, Steve Pearce and other fine, fine musicians.
our illustrious technical staff...
Roger Bird, Radar Walton, DJ, Sue and Bonnie
 
Roger Bird: 
Sound Man. A very sound man.

Roger Bird: Sound Man. A very sound man.

Radar Walton: 
Backline, human pincushion and great all-round caballero.

Radar Walton: Backline, human pincushion and great all-round caballero.

Let's not forget the others that make the Pacs happen: 
Kevin Poree and Danny Monk, Lisa Climie,
Andy Lucas,
Rob Beddington, Sarah Bates, 
Cally and Richard Langhurst and more...
you know who you are!