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The Debonaires originated from the Southern California traditional ska revival subculture that developed and thrived throughout the Los Angeles and Inland Empire regions in the 1990’s. Their unique rendition of Jamaican ska is not only reminiscent of The Skatalites, but also embodies a soulful element heavily influenced by early American R&B and soul.
The group’s 20 year history began in Riverside, California in 1995. During this era the Debonaires earned a reputation as a popular performer within the LA and Riverside Ska scenes and gained recognition for diverging from the mainstream ska sound of the times, only to incorporate the original Rocksteady and jazz-driven style played in Jamaican dancehalls during the 1960’s.
The Debonaires released their first album, Groovin’ After Sundown, in 1998. To date, they have released three additional albums, Debonaires (2001), Longshout (2005) and Movin' (2013) and have been featured on numerous compilations throughout the US and Europe. In the early to mid 2000’s, the band completed multiple national tours and had the great privilege of opening for several highly celebrated ska artists including The Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Laurel Aitken, Phyllis Dillon, Justin Hindes, Rico Rodriguez, The Specials and Hepcat. In 2013, The Debonaires released their 4th album titled "Movin'" featuring guests Angelo Moore from Fishbone, Chris Murray and Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers.
Out of respect and appreciation for the founders of reggae music and for the artists who proceeded us, the Debonaires endeavor to create music of quality and substance, true to its influential origins.