Los Yanquis

The Band

Los Yanquis are a six-piece country blues band, playing a variety of rockin’ roadhouse country boogie and tex-mex, with the odd heart-rending ballad, tales of lovers, drifters and heart-worn losers. Classic songs by the likes of Hank Williams, Gram Parsons, Merle Haggard, Steve Earle, BR549, Lyle Lovett, George Jones, Texas Tornados, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and more. Known for their high-tempo live performances, it is rarely long into a gig before the audience gets up and starts shakin’ it to the boys in the band.

Los Yanquis currently comprise (alphabetically):

Marcus Clements

(Lead Guitar)

Marc first came to prominence on the Bristol scene in the 80’s withMarcus Clements teenage R&B outfit The Untouchables. He can also be seen augmenting local bands like The Bones and Ponchartrain, as well as performing his own material with his band The Highliners. He and Andy Pinner also occasionally appear as Dos Yanquis, an acoustic version of the main band..

Stuart Gibb

(Vocals, Harmonica)

Another co-founder, Stuart is regarded as one of the better blues harpistsStuart Gibb in Bristol, while his animated vocal style gives the band its focal point. Now living in rural Herefordshire, but still continuing to re-roof much of Bristol in his day-job as a roofer/builder. For reference, he is the one with the battered brown cowboy hat.

Paul Godden

((Console Steel G uitar)

Known around Bristol and beyond as lead singer with his band Ponchartrain, Paul adds his wonderfully evocative steel guitar sound Paul Goddento the Yanqs. Paul has toured extensively both home and abroad with the Cardiff based Rockabilly band The Rimshots and has also recorded and toured with the legendary Belfast cowboy, Van Morrison. In addition he has backed numerous Rockabilly, Country and Blues legends over the years. He has a few stories to tell there....

Andy Pinner

(Vocals, Acoustic Guitar)

The third co-founder. Left-handed guitarist and for reference,Andy Pinner the one in the battered black cowboy hat. Andy is still employed at what is now the University of West of England, where the band first formed over thirty years ago. Described recently as the “glue” in the band (by Stuart). So sniffing him is not to be advised.

James Ryan


James combines drumming with his grown-up job as English master at a local High school.James Ryan He can also be spotted playing with local band The Shrinks, and occasionally with Marc in The Highliners. He has also toured with the American country star Kevin Montgomery. At smaller venues, James can often create a whole drum kit sound, with just brushes and a snare drum. He and Andy are fellow Essex men, so you can insert your own jokes here.

Bryan Cox / Chris Billings


Since Bryan cox moved to France his appearances with the band have been limited to gigs across the channel and some special occasions in the UK. Veteran Bristol musician Chris Billings ably stepped in to fill the gap and now appears regularly with the band