New Video for Latest Song


Whisky Lady

The beginnings of "Whisky Lady" came to life in 1972 in the partially flooded basement of a club called Fore and Aft South. I had the idea for the first verse and part of the chorus and played it for my cousin and then-writing partner Luke Spagnuolo. I had to stand on the couch in the dressing room to play it for him because of the water! Luke said, "Let me run with this!"

It had kind of an English folk song feel to it. When we went to England with my Band, Doc Holiday, to record our first album at Olympic studios, we recorded "Whisky Lady" using acoustic and electric guitars, dulcimer, slide (Bob Mayo, God Bless Him), bass and drums. It was a much slower version than the present 'Bandoleros’ version. A few months later, Bob and I went back to Olympic to play on Johnny Hallyday’s new album. Johnny’s lyricist wrote French lyrics for the song and it became the single to his record, Insolitude.

The Bandoleros version was cut live except for one or two overdubs. In the video occasionally, you see me doing a new vocal, but we decided to use the vocal I did while cutting the track. I love to record live!!
"Whisky Lady" has travelled a long road.

You can listen to it on Youtube and buy just the song by clicking here.


Appearances 2015


Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros
Saturday, October 3, 2015
The Hub 45 Main Street or PO Box 838 Torrington, CT 06790
860-689-5550    *  POSTPONED  *

Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Private Event at BARFUNGUL
Millbrook, NY

Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros with Special Guest Mark Lacob
Saturday, October 17, 2015
* The band will be recording a live album that night *
Doors: 6:30 PM Show: 7:30 PM $20 Advanced - $25 Day of Show
The Cutting Room 44 E. 32nd St. New York, NY


Frank Carillo and Simon Kirke of Bad Company

I'm really excited about the gig coming up next week at the Towne Crier as I'm sharing the bill with Simon Kirke.  We're playing an acoustic show with Eddie Seville opening. Two of my favorite people!!

Simon and I have known each other for over 35 years. We got to know each other when my band, Carillo, opened for Bad Company for the entire Desolation Angels tour in 1979. He is one of the GREATEST drummers in music and a wonderful songwriter with a great voice. Plays pretty damned good guitar, too.

Through the years we would see each other occasionally, here in the States or in England, and when he came to the States to live we got to spend more time together writing songs. Not only is he a great musician but he is just a standup guy. No big ego,  and believe me, he has the cred! I mean, founding member of both Free and Bad Company, and more rock 'n' roll credits than you can imagine. 

A few years ago, my producer, Paul Orofino had an idea to put together a bunch of us to record. His idea was to have us get in a room, write a song and record right then and there. Simon, myself, Eddie Seville and Danny Miranda. it was one of the best experiences because there wasn't an ego in the room and we came out with 7 tunes that I'm really proud of. Simon played some kick-ass piano on one of the tracks, as well as his brilliant drumming. Eddie and I sang the leads and we all did backing vocals. Simon brought the snare drum that he used on all the "Free and Bad Company Records." Legendary!! 

Hope you all will join us at the Towne Crier in Beacon, NY

Frank Carillo and the Bandoleros

Frank Carillo and George Kooymans (Golden Earring) are releasing a new disc. The new CD, titled "On Location," will be released on the Universal label in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.  George and Frank have been writing together on and off since the mid-'90s and, in between Frank's work with the Bandoleros and George's work with Golden Earring, they decided it was time for the CD to see the light of day!  Live shows in Europe will start in April for a few weeks and resume again in May.

The first single, "Blind Love,"; is the only song on the CD not written by George and Frank. "Blind Love" was written by Bandoleros drummer, Eddie Seville.  A video for "Blind Love" was shot in Rotterdam at the beginning of February as well as a video for another track, "Maybe Roses Never Die."

Frank Carillo and The Bandoleros are planning to record a number of acoustic tracks in March.  The new songs will be recorded using Millbrook Sound Studios' mobile rig.  The recording will take place at Om House and will include some surprise guests.  The Bandoleros new studio CD, "Rails To Kingdom Come," is scheduled for early summer release.  Stay tuned for updates.

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