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Zoo Fest kicks off with one of our favorite bands, The Paladins!!

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