Paladins – Keep On Lovin Me Baby

Here is some 1980’s roots rockabilly. What caught my attention is that relentless guitar on this track plus the groove. The guitar player is Dave Gonzalez and the tone reminds me of Stevie Ray Vaughn. This song was written by blues guitarist and songwriter Otis Rush. 

The Paladins are from San Diego and were into rockabilly. They billed their music as Western Bop. They played a combination of rockabilly and vintage country together with a blues groove. They were founded in 1980 by guitarist Dave Gonzalez and bass player Thomas Yearsley.

Dave Gonzalez’s initial influences came from his mother, who listened to  Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and the Rolling Stones. He mixed this with his father’s love of country singers Buck Owens and Merle Haggard who also made a strong impression on him. As he got older he got into blues artists like  B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Johnny Winter.

Put that all together and you come up with a varied roots style.

They did some tours with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Los Lobos, The Blasters and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. This song was on the Lets Buzz! album released in 1990. They were nominated for the  1990 Entertainer Music Awards but lost out to the Beat Farmers…but they won two years later.

Dave Gonzalez and bass player Thomas Yearsley along with drummer Brian Fahey are still a top attraction at clubs at the present time. They have recorded five singles, nine full length studio records, and three live albums to date.

Keep On Lovin Me Baby

I want you to love me (repeat) woh yeah.
Oh baby i’m so glad youre mine…
I want you to kiss me…
Woh baby i’m so glad you’re mine…

Early every morning, sometimes late at night i can
Feel your tender lips they make me feel alright.

Keep on loving me baby…
Woh baby i’m so glad you’re mine…

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

23 thoughts on “Paladins – Keep On Lovin Me Baby”

  1. Colin James did this tune as well Max. CJ is a Canuck guitarist who if you cruise around Youtube SRV and him jammed together and SRV was a big supporter of his James music at the time. Good performer as I caught him open for ZZ Top back in 1990 and a year later headlining here in town.
    Great guitar player. Both of these versions are pretty cool yet a totally different vibe which is the cool thing about it…

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      1. Colin is I think the closest thing to a Canadian Stevie Ray Vaughn. Not especially into listening to his stuff on radio, but I’ve seen him live and he’s very good in concert.

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      1. James version is still played on rock radio here in Canada. Max, check out the Colin James tune Voodoo Thang. Great original track with another fantastic solo…

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      2. That is cool that both versions by two different artists that had something to do with SRV.
        I’ll check it out dude…thanks

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