The Paradise Kings are back on the Central Coast after returning from Memphis, where the group represented the Santa Barbara Blues Society at the 2018 International Blues Challenge, one of the biggest yearly blues gatherings in the United States.
The band will celebrate with its local fans at a performance Sunday afternoon at The Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St. in Santa Ynez.
There’s no cover charge for the show from noon to 4 p.m., a band spokesman said.
Two of the band’s five members make their home in Santa Ynez — lead vocalist Henry Garrett and lead vocalist, backup vocalist and his wife, Jan Ingram.
The rest of the band consists of Jeff Gring on guitar, Michael Robertson on bass and George Lambert on drums.
Known for its high-energy live shows, the blues and swing group earned its trip to the International Blues Challenge by winning the Santa Barbara Blues Society Battle of the Bands last year.
But the nomination for the 2017 Best Blues Band Award by the L.A. Music Critics was earned based on the strength of “Controlled Burn.”
Released last year, the album of eight songs has received stellar print reviews worldwide and has been featured on the syndicated radio program Blues Deluxe as well as American Veterans Radio.
Critics say what makes “Controlled Burn” so good is that it’s just plain fun to listen to, citing the slamming rockabilly vibe of “69 Chevy” and the Nighthawks feel of “I’d Sing the Blues If I Had ‘Em.”
“Three Strikes” offers a tip of the hat to the sounds of Stax Record Co. artists so many blues and soul fans grew up on — performers like Otis Redding, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples, Joe Hicks, Sam & Dave, the Bar-Kays, Felix Cavaliere, the Spinners, Brenda Holloway, Albert King and the legendary Isaac Hayes.
Those who see the Paradise Kings perform Sunday will get to hear the music of “Controlled Burn” in person, but to give blues and rockabilly lovers a taste of the album’s tracks, Lambert recently offered up his brief take on each track:
“‘69 Chevy” — "Good-time, swingin' trip back to the times of fast cars and faster women ... .”
“I'd Sing the Blues If I Had ’Em” — "Straightforward blues shuffle about the juxtaposition of a lucky guy who loves blues music."
“Three Strikes” — "Funky blues tune about a guy whose luck has run out and is facing serious time for his crimes. One gets the feeling he really understands the severity of his actions.”
“Slow Down” — “Blues shuffle about an older guy trying to keep up with today's society — and a younger woman — all at the same time.”
“Butter Me Up,” with vocals by Jan Ingram — “Classic, James Brown-influenced funk tune about a woman who's not being treated well by her man. Imagine that ... .”
“Patience” — “A 6/8, slow blues tune about a guy who loves his girl and wants to get at her quickly, but she has different ideas about just how long things should take.”
“Poor Me, Poor Me, Pour Me Another Drink” — “Classic rock tune about a guy who drinks way too much and does nothing about it but complain.”
“Money Ain't My Friend” — “Live track recorded in Santa Barbara about a guy who's trying like hell to make it but just can't make enough money to satisfy his lady. One gets the idea that he has hope that his luck's gonna change.”
For more information about the Maverick Saloon, visit www.mavericksaloon.org or call 686-4785.