TopCat Records is proud to announce the release of Hollywood Fats & the Paladins Live – 1985!
This inspiring historical record was culled from a sizzling performance for a packed house by this legendary Blues Guitar Master, recorded at the fabled Greenville Avenue Bar & Grill in Dallas, Texas on December 19, 1985.
Fats was on tour with celebrated southern California buddies, the Paladins, considered to be some of blues’ and rockabilly’s most dynamic performers. The Paladins consisted of singer/guitarist Dave Gonzales, his high school pal bassist Thomas Yearsley and drummer Scott Campbell.
Even over 32 years after his untimely passing, Hollywood Fats’ presence and influence is still strongly felt. He was truly a musician’s musician. Fats (Michael Mann) was born in 1954 and sadly passed away in 1986, before receiving widespread recognition of his musical genius. He did manage to make a name for himself as one of the finest young guitar slingers to blast out of California, an undisputed reputation that lives on to this day. Thankfully, this fallen Blues Master is finally getting the proper acknowledgment he so richly deserves.
Fats began playing guitar at the age of 10 and proceeded to spend his remaining two decades playing with blues & rock legends including John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Albert King, “Shakey” Jake Harris, Magic Sam, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, William Clarke, James Harman, Canned Heat, The Blasters, The Paladins and, of course, the venerated Hollywood Fats Band.
It has been hoped that someday more material from Fats would surface. Well folks, that day has come. Buckle up and brace yourself for a blazing rocket ride back in time to a truly unforgettable, extraordinary night over 32 years ago.
This amazing CD swings, shuffles, rocks and implants itself into a stone-cold groove as these fiery guitar wizards tear it up with a relentless barrage of tasteful, white hot guitar nuggets. It’s Old School Texas style House-Rockin’ Rockabilly meets Swingin’ West Coast Jump Blues, played by an elite combination of musicians resulting in a performance that is nothing less than stunning.
Although the original recording was relatively “lo-fi”, our extensive mastering efforts to bring out the best audio fidelity possible resulted in a highly satisfactory production. This exceptional performance alone warrants world-wide release and certainly deserves inclusion with the awe-inspiring body of work Fats left with us.
If you like incendiary guitar impeccably played with consummate finesse, cool rhythms and soulful vocals, then you need look no further. This is the real deal!