The time has come for some California style honky-tonk, Texas grit, and swingin' southern twang
from The Paladins who are releasing Slippin' In, their debut album for Ruf Records on July 20th.
Slippin' In, the band's sixth full-length release is a testament to why The Los Angeles Times
calls the Paladins "One of the most powerful roots rocking groups in the nation!"
Thanks to The Paladins, rockabilly is alive and kicking in southern California. Hailing from San Diego,
the veteran trio has been turning folks on to their swingin', rockin', bluesy style of music since the
mid 80's. Boasting a strong national and international following, The Paladins demonstrate that their
unique sound appeals to fans of all types of music by constantly performing and touring with acts such as
Los Lobos, X, Royal Crown Revue, Reverend Horton Heat and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The Paladins signature rootsy, vintage sound is a highly flammable mixture of traditional rockabilly,
country and blues, and their latest release Slippin' In (RUF Records) is a prime example of how the
band flawlessly fuses these styles. Produced by Mark Neil who also produced the band's first LP,
Slippin' In captures the visceral sound and energy of their debut CD which has gone on to become one
of the most influential records in modern rockabilly. The energetic thirteen tracks of Slippin' In
reaffirms why the LA Times calls the Paladins "one of the most powerful roots rocking groups in
"The Paladins is about a lifestyle and deep affection and appreciation of American roots music, culture,
and style. The music we play and the songs we write are the way we live every day," says drummer Brian
Fahey, who along with band members Dave Gonzalez and Joe Jazdzewski have always been devoted to playing
"rootsy, vintage" music. Both Dave and Joer's influences go as far back as their childhood when their
musical families surrounded them with the sounds of rock 'n roll, bluegrass, country and blues. Bam
explained it best when they wrote, "These guys celebrate the roots of rock without posing retro or winking
nostalgic; that is, the sweat they break is completely up to date."
On the verge of celebrating their 20th anniversary, The Paladins have built their career on three main
principles: quality, integrity and tradition. Fans old and new all over the world can always count on
The Paladins to hold true to their ideals year after year in their performances and recordings. With the
new CD, Slippin' In, now more than ever, The Paladins recapture the essence of what they originally set
out to do: create and perform great rockabilly music.
Original and founding member, Dave Gonzalez has been found twangin' away at it since grade school days;
always devoted to "rootsy," "vintage" sounds that he picked up from his family's record collection.
"My mother is a rock 'n roller and my Pop loves real honky-tonk country and blues. My grandmother gave me my
first B.B. King record when I was in 8th grade. She loved the blues and jazz. She was married to Gene Roland
who was a great horn player and composer/arranger with the Stan Kenton Orchestra during the 50's. I have
always wanted to play an old guitar through an old amp and drive an old pick-up truck." (Dave drives a
'58 International Classic Sound & Style) "When The Paladins first started out, we got hooked on the early
Sun Records sound and we progressed musically through that into the other Memphis/Southern sounds, like
Stax and Goldwax, Hit, etc. I cover a lot of bases on the guitar. I love Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, and I
really dig the Jazz giants, Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery, to name a few." The Paladins are known
worldwide for being great interpreters of early American roots music styles, and carry these styles over
into their solid song writing. "When we started out playin', we were doing a lot of Elvis and Buddy Holly
and all the honky-tonk, rock-a-billy, and blues material too, but we always had plenty of original material.
We are constantly searching out old records for ideas and inspiration; this is a lot of the sound production
and arrangements The Paladins are famous for."
Drummer Brian Fahey was born and raised in the New York area. His interest in drums and music started at an
early age. Brian used to sit behind the great legendary drummer Gene Krupa. After church he would always
say, "Hello Mr. Krupa," and shake his hand. As he grew, so grew his interest in music. When he received
his first drum kit he instinctively figured out how to "... keep the grove swingin'... " He studied under
the legendary East Coast jazz drummer Pat Dama. "Studying under Dama really focused my playing on jazz and
swing styles. He really showed me a lot about the basics that are the meat and potatoes of a lot of gigs.
Through Pat Dama and other blues friends of mine, I was really digging the early rock 'n roll rockabilly
sound too. I got my first real professional gif with a version of Bill Hailey's Comets. We toured nationally
with greats like Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, and Bo Diddley." In 1989, Brian was asked to
take over for The Paladins drummer Scott Campbell who had to leave the band for family reasons. Brian jumped
right in, and recorded the now famous LP "Let's Buzz." He had to leave The Paladins to attend to family
matters and has just returned, bringing with him his own unique style and sound.
My family is Polish and French Canadian, and very musical. I grew up listening to my father ply the fiddle and
the accordion while my mother played the mandolin. I always thought all they needed was a bass player, so
at age 7, standing on a chair, I started playing the upright bass. It sounded so big and cool and looked just
like my father's fiddle, only bigger. When I was in high school, I met a great guitar player named Robbie Eason.
Robbie could play (and still can) like few others and he taught me a lot about blues and rootsy music like The
Paladins. Their original bass player, Tom Yearsley, became one of my biggest influences." After high school
graduation, my friend Robbie joined blues heavyweights' The James Harman Band, and hit the road. Later I joined
a great band, The Juke Stompers, which was southern California guitar wizard Eric Lieberman's jump swing band. We
played a lot and Eric taught me a lot about just being part of a band and about arranging. A year later I had the
chance to re-join the James Harman Band and work with Robbie Eason. We turned the world, over 200 dates a year,
and recorded the album Black and White. In 1997 I broke my wrist and had to take 3 months off. Coincidentally, Tom
Yearsley had decided to leave The Paladins, and Dave Gonzalez called and asked me to take over for him. I never
dreamed that one day I might be able to play in The Paladins! There is no band I would rather be in. The funny thing
is that Robbie Eason and I used to sneak into bars to see James Harman and The Paladins. I am ecstatic to have this
Slippin' In (Ruf)
The Paladins rockabilly is rhythm & blues infused, Chicano-influenced and overall very hot. The reason for that might
be that The Paladins are at home in San Diego where they prefer the more colorful rockabilly lifestyle. Whether
they are emulating the Everly Brothers ("The Hard Way") or a novelty-nonsense ballad ("Five Minute Love Affair"),
showing off a rich western-twang ("Strong Boy"), or riding the wave of a surf-instrumental ("Polara") the motto
always prevails, "The fifties rule." No Objection. Keep on boppin', cats & kittens.
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