Los Pacaminos feat. Paul Young

Los Pacaminos feat. Paul Young

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG   14th April 2018


As regular readers to my Blog will know I get hugely frustrated that I find very little new music to enjoy these days and boy do I try hard. No one tries harder than me I am sure.

But last night I found some and in the most unexpected place, a neighbouring village Hall.

It was Los Pacaminos features Paul Young, Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses and Melvin Duffy  (UK’s premier pedal steel player) at the Ravenshead Village Hall.

Ok, I hear you say, it’s not knew they were formed in 2003 but it was new to me and they were brilliant my kind of music.

The concert was a sell out too. It felt it, there were a lot of people, I suspect 200/250. They didn’t stand still long enough for me to do a head count.

I know the initial thing: a No.1 pop star of the ‘80s at a village hall sounds naff but the whole experience was the opposite end of the spectrum to how it sounds. It was new, refreshing and amazing in every way!

The venue is amazing celebrating their 50th year and it is credit to them that they put on big names. They really do go for quality professional gigs unlike the average village hall and it is truly amazing.

The blurb for the gig reads:

“One of the UK’s most popular Live touring bands, Los Pacaminos play the very best in Tex Mex Border music from The Texas Tornadoes and Ry Cooder to Los Lobos and even Roy Orbison.

This is a Tequila fuelled Tex Mex party night, as each venue becomes the perfect cantina setting for a great night’s rocking with the cactus sharp, tequila filled, stetson wearing, magnificent 6, Los Pacaminos!!!”

Paul Young had hits in the 1980s with Wherever I Lay My Hat (No.1 June ’83), Come Back and Stay (No.4 September ’83)  and countless more hits.

Later career

In 1993, Young was dropped from his contract with the CBS/Sony Records label, and afterward, released fewer solo albums. He reformed the Q-Tips for a short series of concerts that year. He contributed to the Vangelis album Voices in 1995. Young sang the British national anthem, “God Save the Queen” at Wembley Stadium before England’s Euro ’96 semi-final match against Germany.

In 1992, Young formed a new group Los Pacaminos based on the sounds of Ry Cooder’s “Chicken Skin Music” era and the Tex-Mex group the Texas Tornados, and they first performed low-key events in bars and clubs before progressing to theatres. In 1996, Young was again performing solo and preparing for his next album, Paul Young, which was released the following year on East West Records.

In November 2001, when Young was on the final night of the Here and Now tour, Michael Aspel awarded him his This Is Your Life book. The show went out on BBC One on 5 December that year.

2006 although his musical career had begun to decline, Young began to make more appearances in the media. He appeared as a guest on shows including The Wright Stuff, This Morning and The One Show.

In 2010, Young recorded and released a new track “Come Back”, a duet he did with electronic dance music act Chicane. The single was a sample of Young’s 1983 hit “Come Back and Stay”, and charted at 151 on the UK Singles Chart. The single was recorded onto Chicane’s 2010 album Giants.

After a lengthy absence of recorded material, Young released an album of vintage soul songs in 2016 called Good Thing produced by Arthur Baker, and began a lengthy period of tours and festival appearances. He still is touring around the world with his band.

Los Pacaminos

Young first formed Los Pacaminos in 1993. The reason for the group forming was Young’s desire to get back to basics, as he explains “I was between record labels and writing material for a new album but I wanted to play live again. I’ve always loved the Tex-Mex sound and knew a few musicians who had a similar passion for this type of music. So I asked them to join me in forming a band.

The group’s early performances were in bars and clubs, performing a mixture of their own material and covers. In2002, an album Los Pacaminos was released.

Ravenshead Village Hall NG15 9BN (1968-2018)
Ravenshead Village Hall NG15 9BN (1968-2018)


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Highest Chart Position: No.2 3rd December 1983