Hold on to your stetsons! We are yee-haaa happy and giddy as a galloping gaucho to announce the fabulous Los Pacaminos as the latest addition to our April 2022 lineup.
Placing themselves squarely in the Americana genre that is fast gaining popularity, Los Pacaminos must be the first Tex-Mex band to have formed in the UK. Growing from an idea put forward by solo artist Paul Young, the band was formed in 1992 to appease Paul’s desire to be once again a part of a band a la The Q-Tips, pick up a guitar again, and not be the centre of attention.
Although initially setting out only to play the Tex-Mex style they’d previously heard by artists Ry Cooder and the Texas Tornados, a lot of other border music has crept in to the mix over the 28 years they have played together.
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). Lead vocals are mostly shared between Paul, Jamie & Drew with songs being specifically written/chosen for each person’s personality.
The band have also had their fair share of star guests, such as Toto’s Steve Lukather, Midge Ure, John Mayer’s guitarist Robbie McIntosh and Elvis Presley’s guitarist James Burton who chose the band to back him, dubbing them Los Pacamaniacs!